Texas A&M vs. Northwestern
Dec. 31, Noon ET, ESPN
The Wildcats have allowed a grand total of 163 points in their last four bowl games (there were a couple overtime periods mixed in there, but still, that’s awful). As you might expect, all four of those games ended up as losses.
In fact, Northwestern (6-6) hasn’t won a postseason contest since the 1949 Rose Bowl, when it upset an undefeated California Golden Bear squad.
The discombobulated and head coach-less Aggies could be ripe for the picking, but perhaps only if they are leading at halftime. (Sorry, A&M fans, it had to be said.)
Actually, with nifty quarterback Dan Persa at the controls, we figure the Wildcats will start the game strong. Then, down the stretch, spurred on by the pro-Aggie crowd at Reliant Stadium, the dangerous Aggie attack, featuring a healthy Cyrus Gray in the backfield with quarterback Ryan Tannehill, will shift into gear and pull it out for Texas A&M (6-6).
Opening point spread: Texas A&M by 10
The pick: Texas A&M 35-34
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