Texas A&M vs Kansas State Texas Bowl Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

Posted by Kenny Bell on Tuesday,December 27, 2016 8:19, EST in

Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies continued their trend of struggling in November. Texas A&M lost three of its final four regular-season games after a 7-1 start. Meanwhile, the well-coached Kansas State Wildcats improved as the season wore on. A&M and K-State meet in Wednesdays Texas Bowl with the Aggies as slight college football betting favorites.

Texas A&M vs Kansas State Texas Bowl Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Wednesday, Dec. 28, 9 PM ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston
TV: ESPN
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Texas A&M / Kansas State
Opening NCAA Football Lines: A&M -2.5 (57.5)

Why Bet on Texas A&M?

This will be the last game for a lot of key Aggies: QB Trevor Knight, receiver Josh Reynolds, defensive end Daeshon Hall, safety Justin Evans and starting offensive tackles Avery Gennesy and Jermaine Eluemunor are all seniors, and defensive end Myles Garrett is likely to enter the NFL draft and be the No. 1 overall pick and some others (perhaps receiver Ricky Seals-Jones) are likely to consider early entry.

Knight is the fifth QB in school history to rush for 500+ yards and pass for 2,000+ yards in a season (Others are Johnny Manziel, Jerrod Johnson, Reggie McNeal and Stephen McGee). Reynolds will be seeking a TD catch in his eighth straight game, which is already a school record. Reynolds is already the first Aggie with multiple double- digit receiving TD seasons (13 in 2014 and 10 in 2016).

RB Trayveon Williams became the first true freshman to reach the 1,000-yard plateau in season rushing yards in program history. He hit the milestone on a 33-yard TD run vs. LSU enters the bowl game with 1,024 yards.

An enormous buyout has prolonged any serious talk of moving on from Coach Kevin Sumlin, but there’s no doubt he enters the 2017 with a lot to prove. With an athletic defensive line and a list of playmakers on the offense, the fast track of the Texas Bowl could be good for the almost-hometown Aggies.

Sumlin will be seeking his fourth bowl victory, which would be the most in program history. He is currently tied with R.C. Slocum, who won three from 1989-2002. Texas A&M will be playing in a bowl game for the eighth straight season, which is the longest streak of bowl appearances in program history.

Texas A&M is 17-20 overall in postseason play following last year’s loss to Louisville in the 2015 Music City Bowl. Kansas State allows almost 270 passing yards a game and 12 yards per completion. That lands them at 111th overall in pass defense. Speedster Christian Kirk is the leading receiver in a talented corps and Knight’s go to man.

Why Bet on Kansas State?

The Wildcats (8-4) will be playing in their 20th bowl game in school history and 18th under Bill Snyder as the Cats are 7-10 all-time in bowls under the legendary and hall of fame head coach. Following 11-straight bowls from 1993-2003 under Snyder, the Cats have now gone bowling in each of the last seven seasons and will be making the program’s second appearance in the Texas Bowl.

Senior defensive end Jordan Willis was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year in addition to being a unanimous selection on the All-Big 12 First Team. Sophomore defensive back D.J. Reed picked up Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-Big 12 honors, while redshirt freshman defensive end Reggie Walker was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Willis swept Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors from both the coaches and Associated Press. He became the fourth Wildcat to earn the honor from the coaches, joining linebacker Arthur Brown (2012), defensive back Terence Newman (2002) and linebacker Mark Simoneau (1999). Willis leads the league and ranks ninth nationally with a school-record tying 11.5 sacks in addition to 16.5 tackles for loss to rank second in the conference and 20th in the country. Linebacker Elijah Lee leads the team in total tackles with 98, tacking on two interceptions. Lee also has 5.5 tackles for loss.

QB Jesse Ertz actually leads the team in rushing yards, averaging six yards per carry along with 10 touchdowns. However, against a quick SEC defense, Ertz must be able to use his arm to drive the ball down the field.

Kansas State and Texas A&M have met 15 times since 1912, with the Aggies coming out victorious eight times. In 1998, the two teams met in the Big 12 Championship Game and after two overtimes, the Aggies won the matchup, costing then No. 2 KSU a chance to play for a national title. The last contest between the Wildcats and Aggies took place Nov. 11, 2011 in Manhattan, KS. Kansas State won 53-50 after four overtimes.

Texas A&M vs Kansas State Texas Bowl Betting Pick: Texas A&M Aggies

Wildcats are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 bowl games.
Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.

Take Texas A&M and the under in college football betting.