While we have already had a few games, this weekend represents the actual Week 1 of the 2022 college football season. Things have changed over the last few years, with many teams now choosing to start their season with a tougher matchup. That said, there are still plenty of games where a Power 5 team goes against a much weaker opponent as they look to get in some reps and build some confidence ahead of the bigger games to come. The Texas A&M Aggies are one of the teams opting to go against a lightweight, as they will open the season at home as a 29 ½ point favorite over the Sam Houston Bearcats. The point total for this one is set at 52 ½. Let’s take a closer look at how this might play out so you can get ready to make your bets against their College Football Betting Lines.
NCAAF Week 1 Odds: Sam Houston Bearkats at Texas A&M
Sam Houston Bearkats versus Texas A&M Aggies Game Info
- When: Saturday, September 3 at 12 PM EST
- Where: Kyle Field, College Station
- TV: SEC Network
Why bet on the Sam Houston Bearkats
If you don’t know too much about this team, you are probably not alone. The Bearkats have bounced around to a number of different conferences over the years, making the move to the WAC last year, where they ended up going 11-1 overall, with a perfect 5-0 record in conference play. They are getting set to make another move after this season, as they will be joining Conference USA. This is a big start to the season for the Sam Houston Bearkats, who have actually played the Aggies 3 other times in their history. They lost all 3 of those games and were outscored by an average of 37 points, suggesting that the line might actually be a little generous. The Bearkats have covered the spread in 4 of their last 6 games, but this is a much tougher proposition against a team that is starting the season very high in the national rankings.
Why bet on the Texas A&M Aggies
Prior to the start of last season, a lot of people had the Texas A&M Aggies as their dark horse pick for the year. They started out the season with 3 straight wins, but they quickly got derailed with back-to-back losses to Arkansas and Mississippi State. They were solid, for the most part after that, but it was their performances in conference play that ended up letting them down, with the Aggies going 4-4 against SEC opposition. If they really want to challenge for a playoff spot, they need to do better in their conference games. That’s something to save for a later date, though, as we need to focus on this one. They Aggies have won 9 in a row versus teams from the WAC and are an impressive 12-1 SU in their last 13 at home. They have covered the spread in 5 of their last 7 and also in each of their last 7 games played in Week 1.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It is the stretch of covering the spread in their last 7 season openers that has me leaning toward the Aggies extending that streak on Saturday afternoon. This really is little more than a glorified warm-up game for Texas A&M, so I am looking for them to steamroll the Bearkats, covering the spread and taking the point total OVER.
NCAAF Betting Pick: Sam Houston Bearkats 10 Texas A&M Aggies 52