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Free Pick Thursday

1st Half: #139 Texas State +20.5 over Texas A&M 7:30 PM CT

Jimbo Fisher will be looking to get to 1-0 without a major exertion this week knowing that a season-making game with Clemson is on deck. Texas State was 3-9 in 2018 but actually only allowed six first quarter offensive touchdowns all season. This the most experienced team in the Sun Belt and Jake Spatival will bring a more aggressive approach to the offense, going back to a campus where he was an assistant for three years earlier in his career.

Expect the potential for a big play or two from the Bobcats early in this contest while Texas A&M will hope to offer conventional looks and play-calling to leave the top ranked Tigers will little meaningful film to dissect this week. The halftime spread priced just below the three touchdown threshold is certainly intentional and presumably enticing for many in a matchup where the Bobcats aren’t likely to draw a lot of support.

While at Florida State Jimbo Fisher beat Texas State 59-16 to open the 2015 season but it was only 21-10 at halftime and Fisher is just 2-4 ATS in home openers the past six years with last year’s win coming against FCS competition.