The Texas A&M Aggies (8-4 Overall, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) managed a fourth place finish in the SEC West. They began the season with six wins in a row. Then they went into a funk, going 2-4, losing #1 Alabama 33-14, Mississippi State 35-28, and Mississippi 29-28. They were beaten badly by LSU in their final game. That score was 54-39.
In the Big 12, the Kansas State Wildcats (8-4 Overall, 6-3 Big 12) finished fourth. The Cats seemed to stutter from win to loss to win to loss all season. That is until the end, when they managed to put together a three-game winning streak. In that time, they beat Baylor 42-21, Kansas 34-19, and TCU 30-6.
Texas A&M Aggies
The Aggies are holding teams to 23.8 PPG and have a red zone defense mark of 73.58%. They’ve got an impressive 36 sacks and 103 TFL. In addition, the defense has 50 QB hurries, 55 PD, and 12 INTs. They have forced 15 fumbles and have a plus-five turnover margin. This is a defense that can harass quarterbacks and win games.
Kansas State Wildcats
The Kansas State defense, which has posted 30 sacks, 15 interceptions, and 15 QB hurries, knows how to upset passing games. They have defended 40 passes, made 67 TFL, and forced 12 fumbles. The Wildcats are offering up on average 21.8 PPG. Their red zone defense is at 77.42% and they have an impressive turnover margin of plus 11.
2016 Texas Bowl Free Pick
The Aggies, who bring a more dynamic offense and a bit tighter defense than the Wildcats, are at -3.0. We like that spread. Our 2016 Texas Bowl free pick is Texas A&M at -3.0. The over/under is 56.5. We are taking the over.
The 2016 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl will be played on Dec. 28 at 9 p.m. ET at NRG Stadium in Houston. TX. It will be broadcast by ESPN.