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Louisiana State at Texas A&M
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2020
Where: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas

No. 5 Texas A&M hasn't played since Nov. 7.

LSU knows what that feels like.

The Aggies (5-1, 5-1) finally get to play in the wake of the COVID-related postponements of two games when they host the Tigers (3-3, 3-3) in an SEC West game Saturday night.

Texas A&M couldn't play at Tennessee two weeks ago or against Ole Miss last week. The Aggies most recently played Nov. 7, when they defeated South Carolina 48-3.

"I think our guys are hungry," Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher said. "They want to play, they miss playing. I think our kids are very resilient. We've handled all kinds of adversity because 2020 is an adversity year."

The Aggies aren't likely to win the SEC West because they're a game behind No. 1 Alabama in the loss column, and that loss came against the Crimson Tide on Oct. 3. But that doesn't mean the Aggies can't sneak into the College Football Playoff if they win out.

LSU beat Texas A&M 50-7 last season in the final home game of Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow, but Fisher dismissed the notion that the Aggies are thinking of revenge for that rout.

"Any time you get beat, you want to go back and compete and play very well," Fisher said. "I don't ever like the word revenge; I think revenge clouds your thinking. I think you've got two different teams, two different groups of people, two different years apart. You want to win because somebody had success against you. I mean, that's just human nature."

Things have changed quite a bit since that game. The Tigers were on their way to a 15-0 record and a CFP championship last season, but they haven't won consecutive games this season as they prepare to play their first ranked opponent.

"LSU is always going to get your attention," Fisher said. "But after three weeks, it wouldn't matter who we were playing - they would get our attention."

LSU played for the first time since Oct. 31 when it won at Arkansas last Saturday, 27-24.

"It took everything we had to beat Arkansas, and we did it," Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said. "Hopefully, it's a springboard for us to have a great end to the season starting with Texas A&M."

The Tigers finally got a chance to bounce back from their 48-11 loss to Auburn on Halloween, and they took advantage by holding off Arkansas last week as freshman Eli Ricks deflected a potential tying 44-yard field goal on the final play of the game.

"At some times we looked like an LSU football team," Orgeron said. "We still have a ways to go, but we have some young players that are believing, and hopefully making the last play of the game gave our guys some relief and some confidence that they can fight through and win."

The most recent time these teams played in College Station was two years ago, when the Aggies prevailed 74-72 in an epic seven-overtime battle.

The Aggies expect to have about 25,000 fans inside of 100,000-seat Kyle Field on Saturday night.

"It's probably the first time this year that the crowd noise will be a factor," Orgeron said.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Louisiana State 3-3 W1 34.3 32.0 1-1 2-2 1-2 0-0 3-3
Texas A&M 5-1 W4 33.3 25.0 3-0 2-1 5-1 0-0 5-1
Last Meeting
Louisiana State Texas A&M
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/30/19 TAM 7 LSU 50 553 128 425 169 72 97
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Louisiana State J. Burrow 71.9 352 3 0
Texas A&M K. Mond 33.3 92 0 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Louisiana State C. Edwards-Helaire 18 87 4.8 1
Texas A&M I. Spiller 11 66 6.0 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Louisiana State J. Chase 7 197 28.1 2
Texas A&M I. Spiller 3 45 15.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Louisiana State J. Chase 2
Texas A&M I. Spiller 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Louisiana State M. Brennan 60.3 1112 11 3
Texas A&M K. Mond 64.3 1468 16 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Louisiana State T. Davis-Prince 77 349 4.5 3
Texas A&M I. Spiller 103 643 6.2 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Louisiana State T. Marshall Jr. 38 597 15.7 9
Texas A&M A. Smith 26 312 12.0 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Louisiana State T. Marshall Jr. 9
Texas A&M A. Smith 7
Quickchart Matchup
Louisiana State Louisiana State Off vs  Texas A&M Texas A&M Def
Louisiana State 451.5 yards
Texas A&M 338.2 yards
Louisiana State 3.4 yards/rush
Texas A&M 3.2 yards/rush
Louisiana State 8.1 yards/attempt
Texas A&M 7.7 yards/attempt
Texas A&M Texas A&M Off vs  Louisiana State Louisiana State Def
Texas A&M 443.7 yards
Louisiana State 472.7 yards
Texas A&M 5.4 yards/rush
Louisiana State 4.3 yards/rush
Texas A&M 8.2 yards/attempt
Louisiana State 10.4 yards/attempt