Texas A&M Aggies vs. Kansas State Wildcats Preview
Where: NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas
When: Wednesday, December 28, 9:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Writer’s Pick: Kansas State Wildcats (+2)
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Betting on the Texas A&M Aggies (-2)
Texas A&M ended yet another season with a thud. The Aggies started promisingly enough by going 6-0, but went just 2-4 the rest of the way, losing all of their last four conference games. They also went 0-6 ATS in those six games.
The injury to starting quarterback Trevor Knight against Mississippi State certainly didn’t help. Knight was having a very good senior season, as he accounted for 2,716 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Knight was able to make his return for the season finale against LSU, but wasn’t very efficient. He went just 14-of-30 for 211 with 3 TDs, but most of those came in garbage time. The senior has stated he will play in the bowl game, which will be a huge boost to the Aggies offense. It’ll be the last game of his college career, and he’ll definitely be up for the occasion.
However, it remains to be seen if his teammates will share the same level of enthusiasm for this bowl game following the disappointing end to their season. Their top defensive player and possible top-5 NFL draft pick, Myles Garrett, for one, could be looking ahead to his NFL preparations than trying to win a bowl game which doesn’t figure to have much significance to the team.
Betting on the Kansas State Wildcats (+2)
The Kansas State Wildcats just quietly went about their business this season. They went 8-4, with all four losses coming against teams they should’ve lost to: Stanford, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. They ended the season strongly, though, as they beat Baylor, Kansas, and TCU by 21, 15, and 24 points, respectively.
Bill Snyder’s team wins most, if not all its games by topping its opponents’ effort and physicality. They could very well have the edge in those departments against a potentially unmotivated Aggies team.
The Wildcats will be particularly eager to exploit Texas A&M’s glaring weakness against the run. K-State ranks 25th in rushing offense, and its 36 rushing touchdowns is the 7th-most in the country. Baylor, Kansas, and TCU felt the full force of that rushing attack as the Wildcats ran for an average of 305 yards in those games, and scored 13 touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Aggies’ run defense is the team’s Achilles heel. They were simply gashed for 365 yards and 3 TDs in their 35-28 loss to Mississippi State, and for 298 yards and 5 TDs by LSU in their regular season finale.
Kansas State (+2) takes it to Texas A&M in a 35-27 win.
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