NC State Wolfpack (9-3) vs #19 Texas A&M Aggies (8-4)
NCAA Football: Monday December 31st 2018 at 7:30 PM EDT (TIAA Bank Field)
Line and Odds: Texas A&M Aggies -7
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Welcome to the Gator Bowl between the NC State Wolfpack and the #19 Texas A&M Aggies. The Wolfpack have won three straight games and have scored 50 plus points in two of those three victories. Most of their wins have come in blowout fashion, but NC State is 0-2 against ranked teams this season. Meanwhile, the Aggies have had another strong season and finished second in the always tough SEC West Division. Texas A&M has also won three straight games and have had some close games against ranked teams this season. The starting quarterbacks for this game are Ryan Finley vs Kellen Mond.
The NC State Wolfpack have flexed their muscles on offense to end the season right. This team has been in mostly blowout wins this year and some close losses. The only bad loss was a 41-7 game to the mighty #2 Clemson. Other than that, you have some strong wolves. The defense has been great at times, giving up 16 points or less in five games. The Wolfpack are coming off their most commanding win of the season, as they beat East Carolina 58-3. Ryan Finley went 32/44, with 409 passing yards, and three touchdown passes. The running back Reggie Gallaspy II had an amazing game as well with 24 carries, 220 yards, and two touchdowns. The team scored throughout the game and the defense absolutely shut down the East Carolina offense. Now the last ranked team NC State played was against #20 Syracuse and they lost 51-41. Wide receiver Kelvin Harmon stoodout in that game with 247 receiving yards and the Wolfpack was playing catch up ball all game. You can expect them to start stronger this time around with a bowl championship on the line.
The Texas A&M Aggies have been in a lot of close games this year and came out on top in most of them. Their offense has been okay for most of the season and they have been able to complete well against any team thrown their way. The Aggies had a tough schedule and went 2-3 against ranked opponents. They almost beat Clemson in a 28-26 loss, early in the season and their craziest win came against #11 LSU. The Aggies beat the Tigers 74-72, in a thrilling, seven overtime game. Kellen Mond went 23/49, with 287 passing yards, and six touchdown passes. Quartney Davis stood out among the recievers with seven receptions, for 101 yards total. and two touchdown passes. Multiple receivers had touchdown catches in this game and that’s great to see. The running back Trayveon Williams rushed for 198 yards, on 35 carries, and two touchdowns. Finally, the defense picked up six sacks. Of course the overtime made this game look like a crazy outburst of offense, but it does show the fight and competitive edge that the Aggies have.
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So, who will win the Gator Bowl? Both these teams come from the tough conferences of the ACC and SEC. The Wolfpack have better offense production, but haven’t done well against ranked teams. The Aggies have had a tough schedule and know how to handle close games. Plus the Aggies defense is a little better in overall defense. This game will come down to that critical drive and Texas A&M knows how to finish. Aggies win 33-27.