ESPN FPI predicts outcome of Texas A&M-LSU game
Rivalry week is one of the best college football weekends of the year. Whether it is an in-state, or out of state rivalry, in or outside of the conference, there is something on the line in every game.
For LSU this season, it is a chance to finish 12-0 for the first time in nearly a decade, and get revenge for a heartbreaking, 74-72 seven overtime loss at Texas A&M at the end of 2018.
No chance this year’s matchup surpasses the excitement of last year’s thriller.
ESPN’s FPI calculated LSU’s chances to finish the regular season undefeated, and gave the Tigers an 83.1% chance to beat the Aggies. The FPI is explained as the following on ESPN’s website:
The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.
Texas A&M has struggled against top competition this season, and the game will be played in Death Valley. So, an Aggies upset would be a shock across college football. LSU players addressed the excitement behind finally getting a chance to respond to that five hour game last season, and they didn’t exactly hide the fact that this one might stick out more than others.
Texas A&M and LSU are slated to kick off at 7pm EST in Baton Rouge on Saturday.