Texas A&M Football 2017: 5 Bold predictions vs LSU in Week 13

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3. Two Texas A&M receivers top 100 yards receiving

Damion Ratley‘s senior season has been a revelation. The senior showed flashes in practice but wasn’t able to transfer it to the field, until now. It’s safe to say whatever was holding him back has gone by the wayside. Ratley has been a chain mover for Texas A&M this season. That’s particularly true of the last three games.

Since he was held to one catch against Mississippi State Ratley has rattled off three straight games of at least 50 yards receiving and a touchdown. His best game of his career came against Ole Miss where he caught five passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.

Ratley, combined with the ever-dangerous threat of Christian Kirk, will give the LSU defense fits. LSU has allowed eight passing plays of 40 yards or more this season. That’s right around one per game. Ratley will take the top off the defense at least once. Kirk might not even have to catch a pass beyond the line of scrimmage to take it for a huge gain.

Nick Starkel’s presence on the offense cannot be understated. LSU is going to have to respect the redshirt freshman’s arm. That means more cushion on the receivers and more opportunities for big plays down the field.