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Texas A&M Traditionally Comes Out Strong In Week 1

There are plenty of questions to be asked in College Station entering the season, but Texas A&M has proven time and time again that it opens the season strong. The Aggies have gone 7-1 SU in their past eight Week 1 games, including a narrow 31-24 overtime victory over UCLA last season. Texas A&M and UCLA will open their seasons against each other again in 2017 but this time it will be at the Rose Bowl.

Shark Bites
  • UCLA is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games against the SEC.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Texas A&M’s last 7 games on the road.
  • Josh Rosen tied a career high with 3 interceptions against Texas A&M last season.

Can Kevin Sumlin stop Texas A&M from collapsing late in the season? That is really the big question. Having a stud wide receiver in Christian Kirk helps, but the offense needs to replace both starting tackles and figure out who is playing under center. The defense, consistently terrible against the run, lost Myles Garrett to the NFL and replacing him will be next to impossible.

Injuries decimated UCLA last season, causing the team to bottom out. An injury to quarterback Josh Rosen doomed the season and his health in 2017 will be of the utmost importance. Even if Rosen is 100 percent healthy, the Bruins need to develop some semblance of a running game or the QB will be getting hit a lot.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the UCLA Bruins in this one found them as -3.5-point favorites at Bovada. The OVER/UNDER number was slated to open a short time later.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark picked a 29-28 result in favor of the Aggies. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Texas A&M Aggies vs UCLA Bruins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The UCLA Bruins currently sport a record of 0-0, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 0-0 ATS. The Texas A&M Aggies are 0-0 and 0-0 ATS. Betting totals have seen the UCLA Bruins post a 0-0 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Texas A&M Aggies have gone 0-0 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and UCLA vs Texas A&M injuries news.

The game pits the UCLA Bruins, currently No. 77 in our OddsShark NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the Texas A&M Aggies, who rate No. 41 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the UCLA Bruins No. -ranked offense ( PPG) against a Texas A&M Aggies defense that ranks No. at PPG. The UCLA Bruins passing attack has averaged yards per game, more than the Texas A&M Aggies give up through the air ( YPG on average).

Defensively, the Texas A&M Aggies featured the league's No. 110-rated road run defense last season, allowing 253.4 yards per game. UCLA, meanwhile, ranked No. 121 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Texas A&M's aerial attack generated 310 yards but it was the Wildcats coming away with a 33-28 victory over Texas A&M at NRG Stadium.

UCLA didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Golden Bears as California blasted them 36-10.

Betting Trends
  • Texas A&M is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Texas A&M is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Texas A&M's last 18 games
  • Texas A&M is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • California-Los Angeles is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
  • California-Los Angeles is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of California-Los Angeles's last 7 games
  • California-Los Angeles is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Texas A&M home to Nicholls State, Saturday, September 9
UCLA home to Hawaii, Saturday, September 9

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