Week 14, Rivalry Week SEC Football Picks Against the Spread

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Nov 15, 2014; Fayetteville, AR, USA; LSU Tigers safety Austin Suits (10) hands the ball off to running back Darrel Williams (34) during the second half at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Arkansas Razorbacks defeat the LSU Tigers 17-0. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Tigers (-3) at Texas A&M Aggies, Thursday, November 27, 6:30PM CT, ESPN

It doesn’t seem that long ago that these two teams were ranked in the top ten in the national polls. Now, they are a couple of 7-4 teams looking to avoid a losing conference record and stay out of the cellar in the SEC West. If Arkansas finds a way to beat Missouri this week, the loser of the LSU-Texas A&M “rivalry” game will have the same 3-5 conference record as the Hogs. If it’s LSU, the Tigers will be the last place team in the division because they lost 17-0 to Arkansas two weeks ago.

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LSU has been sitting at home since the shutout in Fayetteville, thinking about the 123 yards of total offense they gained and how they were manhandled at the line of scrimmage. Will memories of their dreadful performance motivate them? Or was the loss a wake up call that the Tigers can use to build for the future?

Texas A&M was able to turn a 59-0 embarrassing loss at the hands of Alabama into motivation and a 41-38 upset over Auburn two games later. However, they could not beat Mizzou as a home favorite, and have also been thinking about a loss for the last two weeks.

Both teams have struggled on offense recently, but the Tigers have by far a better defense and a better rushing attack. With nighttime temperatures expected to be in the 40s, that combination should help LSU shake off their recent losses and build momentum heading into the bowl game.

LSU 24, Texas A&M 20

Next: Arkansas at Missouri