After being limited to eight wins or less in each of Kevin Sumlin’s last four season’s at Texas A&M, the Aggies had a successful inaugural campaign under former Florida State national championship-winning head coach Jimbo Fisher in going 9-4 last season. Now, as they get set for the upcoming 2019 NCAA college football season, the Aggies are looking to take another step forward in their evolution.
If you’re a college football betting enthusiasts that wants to know all about Texas A&M before they take to the gridiron this coming season, then let’s get down to business with my expert betting guide on the Aggies.
Texas A&M Aggies 2019 College Football Season Betting Guide
2018 Betting Statistics
- ATS: 9-4 (W-L) / 9-4-0 (ATS) / 7-2-0 (Home) / 2-2-0 (Away) / 9-3-0 (Grass) / 0-1-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 7-6-0 (W-L) / 5-4-0 (Home) / 2-2-0 (Away) / 7-5-0 (Grass) / 0-1-0 (Turf) / 61.3 (Total)
Not only did Texas A&M post a solid 9-4 mark a year ago, but the Aggies were also one of the best ATS teams in the country in going an identical 9-4 ATS while covering the chalk a whopping seven times on their home field. The SEC title hopefuls also went 7-6 O/U while playing over the total five times at home.
2018 Team Leaders
- Touchdowns: Trayveon Williams (19)
- Rushing: Trayveon Williams (1760)
- Passing: Kellen Mond (3107)
- Receiving: Jace Sternberger (832)
- Interceptions: Donovan Wilson (2)
Last season, all-time program rushing leader Trayveon Williams scored a team-high 19 touchdowns while rushing for a phenomenal 1,760 yards. Now, junior quarterback Kellen Mond was solid, if not necessarily outstanding in passing for 3,107 yards with 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Senior All-American tight end Jace Sternberger had a team-high 832 yards while senior defensive back Donovan Wilson had a team-high two interceptions. The bad news is that, of the Aggies’ 2018 team leaders, only Mond returns in 2019.
- Total Yards: 471.8 / Rank 15
- Passing Yards: 252.6 / Rank 44
- Rushing Yards: 219.2 /Rank 21
- Points Scored: 36 / Rank 19
- Field Goal %: 69.7 / Rank 82
Texas A&M had an outstanding season on the offensive side of the ball in finishing 2018 ranked 15th overall, 44th in passing, 21st in rushing and 19th in scoring (36.0 ppg).
- Total Yards: 348.4 / Rank 32
- Passing Yards: 253.2 / Rank 98
- Rushing Yards: 95.2 /Rank 3
- Points Allowed: 25.3 / Rank 47
- Field Goal %: 50 / Rank 5
As good as they were offensively, the Aggies were nearly as solid on the defensive side of the ball in ranking 32nd overall, 98th against the pass, a phenomenal third against the run and 47th in points allowed (25.3 ppg).
The first thing you need to know about Texas A&M is that Kellen Mond is back and he should be a lot better in Year 2 of Fisher’s offensively-friendly system. While Mond loses sure-handed tight end Jace Sternberger, he also has an experienced group of receivers back and a some more veteran experience along the offensive line in junior tackles Dan Moore Jr. and Carson Green and junior guard Jared Hocker.
Unfortunately, replacing Trayveon Williams definitely won’t be easy, even though Fisher has some promising talent in the stable. Defensive tackle Justin Madubuike (10.5 TFLs) is the only full-time returning starter among the front seven and the team’s starters in the defensive secondary a year ago, had better improve on their mostly ugly play last season.
While I’ve long admired the underrated Fisher, the Aggies have a treacherous 2019 schedule that includes extremely difficult road dates at Clemson in Week 2 and a pair of regular season-ending road dates at Georgia and LSU. The Aggies also host an Auburn team that won eight games last season, not to mention the perennially-powerful Alabama Crimson Tide two weeks later. Right now, I’m thinking, not only will the Aggies fail to take a step forward in 2-19, but they could actually take a small step in the wrong direction.