Texas A&M vs Clemson 2019 College Football Week 2 Odds & Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on September 6, 2019 in

All eyes of the college football world will be on Death Valley and Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina this Saturday, as the #1-ranked Clemson Tigers host the #11 Texas A&M Aggies. This will be a rematch of last year’s thriller at Kyle Field. Let’s take a look at the latest NCAAF Odds for Texas A&M vs Clemson while making some predictions.

Texas A&M vs Clemson 2019 College Football Week 2 Odds & Prediction

Last Year was Epic

In last year’s game, with 46 seconds remaining, Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond was intercepted on a two-point conversion attempt with the Aggies down two. The interception iced the victory for Clemson, as the Tigers avoided the upset.

The Aggies had every chance to win last year’s game, so that will be further motivation to go to Clemson and upset the Aggies this season. Last weekend, Clemson opened their season by thrashing fellow ACC member, Georgia Tech by 38 points.

Although they won by 38, Clemson’s offense wasn’t as sharp as Dabbo Swinney would like it to be.Sophomore Heisman Trophy candidate Trevor Lawrence didn’t play as well as expected. Lawrence was 13-23 for 168 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. If the Tigers hope to beat Texas A&M, Lawrence’s play will need to improve.

Both Teams Started Strong

In their season debut, the Aggies dominated Texas State, defeating the Bobcats 41-7. Returning quarterback, Kellen Mond, led the way for the Aggies, as he was 19-27 for 194 yards. Mond was responsible for four touchdowns, while throwing just one interception.

Mond, who struggled at times last season, seems to save his best for Clemson. In last year’s game, he threw for 430 yards with three touchdowns.  Clemson’s defense will have a tough time with Jimbo Fisher’s offense on Saturday. Clemson lost it’s starting defensive line to the NFL. With new starters at all of the defensive line positions, Clemson’s inexperience could be an issue.

Clemson’s defensive backfield will also have a huge challenge. With returning starters Tanner Muse, K’Von Wallace, and AJ Terrell manning the secondary, Clemson should be in good shape. However Clemson will need to help protect, Derion Kendrick, a cornerback with little experience. Look for A&M to target him early and often. Texas A&M is in the same boat as Clemson. They lost six of their top seven defensive linemen.

Look for a heavy dose of Travis Etienne against the inexperienced front of A&M. The Aggies secondary struggled at times last season, but with a season under their belts, they should be improved this season. Clemson should still be able to move the ball through the air as well. Both teams not only have a lot to gain, but a lot to lose on Saturday. Texas A&M will be out for revenge.

They know that they outplayed Clemson last year, and should have won the game. This year, the Aggies have a brutal schedule, and a win against the top team in the country could give them that extra boost that they need to get to the next level. With their brutal schedule, a loss here combined with another one down the line, would probably all but take them out of playoff contention.

Clemson’s schedule isn’t very strong, as the ACC is down this season. A win over a big-time program like Texas A&M would help their playoff chances. A loss to A&M could be very detrimental to their playoff chances. With the ACC being down this season, their strength of schedule could be one of their downfalls with the playoff committee.

Electricity All Over

Saturday afternoon in Death Valley should be electric. This will be one of the top games of the college football season, and this game has some playoff implications. Will Texas A&M get it’s revenge, or will the Clemson train just keep on rolling down the tracks?