2018 LSU vs. Texas A&M football game
The 2018 LSU vs. Texas A&M football game was the final regular-season college football game between the LSU Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies played on November 24, 2018 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. The game set multiple National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) records, including the most combined points scored (146) in a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football game. The record was previously held by a game played between Western Michigan and Buffalo on October 7, 2017, which had 139 combined points over seven overtimes. The 2018 LSU–Texas A&M game went likewise to seven overtimes and lasted nearly five hours, tying the NCAA record for longest football game with four others. The 146 combined points are currently the second most in college football history since the NCAA started keeping records in 1937, behind the 161 points scored in a 2008 NCAA Division II game between Abilene Christian and West Texas A&M of the Lone Star Conference.
|2018 LSU vs. Texas A&M football game|
|Date||November 24, 2018|
|Location||College Station, Texas|
|Favorite||Texas A&M by 3|
|National anthem||Fightin' Texas Aggie Band|
|Halftime show||Fightin' Texas Aggie Band|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play)|
Matt Stinchcomb (analyst)
Kris Budden (sideline)
Under the command of 3rd-year head coach Ed Orgeron, the LSU Tigers entered their final regular season game 9–2, 5–2 in SEC play. The Tigers were ranked No. 25 in the AP preseason poll, but were up to No. 5 for their fifth game after wins over No. 8 Miami and No. 7 Auburn. They fell to No. 22 Florida on the road to open October, but rebounded with a 20-point home win against No. 2 Georgia and a 16-point home win against No. 22 Mississippi State. This set up the most anticipated SEC game of the year - then No. 4 Tigers hosted No. 1 Alabama, falling 29-0. They picked up two more wins (at Arkansas and vs Rice), putting them at 9–2 going into their final game. LSU was ranked No. 8 by both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll, and No. 7 by the College Football Playoff selection committee.
With first-year head coach Jimbo Fisher, the Aggies came into their last regular season game with a record of 7–4, 4–3 in SEC play. Two of their first four games were against ranked teams - they lost against No. 2 Clemson and No. 1 Alabama. They gained their first conference win the next week against Arkansas, and their second the week after with an upset over No. 13 Kentucky. They peaked in the rankings at No. 16, but lost two straight games to Mississippi State and Auburn and dropped out. They rebounded with wins over Ole Miss, making them bowl eligible, and UAB; this put them at 7–4 going into their last game of the season. Texas A&M received votes in the AP Poll and Coaches Poll, but was ranked No. 22 by the College Football Playoff committee.
The game would be the 57th meeting between LSU and Texas A&M. Prior to their 2018 meeting, the rivalry series stood at 33–20–3 in favor of LSU. Previously, the highest scoring meeting between the two teams was two years prior; LSU defeated Texas A&M 54–39, combining for 93 points. Texas A&M had lost seven straight against LSU, starting with the 2011 Cotton Bowl. The win would be Texas A&M's first win against LSU as a member of the SEC - their last win against the Tigers came on September 2, 1995, the last year for the Southwest Conference before Texas A&M and three other SWC members joined with the Big 8 to form the new Big 12.
Kickoff: 6:39 p.m. CST
Temperature: 65 °F (18 °C)
Matt Austin (referee), Rodney Lawary (umpire), Chad Green (linesman)
- 2016 Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh football game, the record-holder for highest-scoring regulation FBS football game (non-overtime)
- 2001 Arkansas vs. Ole Miss football game, the first FBS football game to reach seven overtimes
- 2003 Arkansas vs. Kentucky football game, the second FBS football game to reach seven overtimes
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