I voted Texas A&M 15th in my Associated Press Top 25 poll this week. The Aggies are among about 16 teams from eighth to 24th that have little separation. I have Florida eighth on the strength of victories over Miami and Kentucky, but the Aggies might be better than the Gators. Could Florida stay within 14 points of Clemson? I doubt it.
A&M has the chance to move up a couple spots this week if it can beat Auburn. I don’t think Auburn is a Top 10 team, but I’m in the minority. I’m one of only eight voters who didn’t have the Tigers in the Top 10. If A&M could win by double digits, it could even leapfrog some fellow one-loss teams.
Thirteen voters have A&M ranked 17th, which is where it landed. Another 10 have them ranked lower.
Here’s my Top 25 ballot this week:
5 Ohio State
7. Notre Dame
15. Texas A&M
17. Penn State
19. Boise State
20. Washington State
23 Arizona State
27. Kansas State
30. Wake Forest
A&M is a 3.5-point favorite over Auburn. The line opened at 4. That’s interesting because a year ago Auburn opened as a six-point pick and it was down to 4 by Saturday and the Tigers rallied for a 28-24 victory as Vegas basically hit it right on the money. (I’m sure there were casinos that had it a 3.5 or 4.5).
Vegas has been good setting a line on the Aggies so far this season. They were a 33.5-point favorite over Texas State and won 41-7. Clemson was a 17.5-point favorite and the Tigers won 24-10.
Vegas didn’t have a line on the Lamar game because Lamar is an FCS team but, fanduel.com had A&M a 44.5-point favorite and the Aggies won 62-3. You can see why Vegas doesn’t handle those type of games.
A couple other interesting lines are Georgia is a 13-point point over Notre Dame and Wisconsin is a three-point pick over Michigan.