Money Line: 142.00 Texas A&M (Home)
The Aggies began their season on the road at South Carolina, and they were a double digit underdog in that game. They would win by a score of 52-28, and Kenny Hill threw for a record 511 yards and three TDs. After throwing for 2649 yards and 23 TDs in the first eight games of the season, Hill was benched for violating team rules.
Freshman Kyle Allen came in and threw for 764 yards and nine TDs in the final four games of the season. His best game came on the road at Auburn, throwing for 277 yards and four TDs in a 41-38 upset win over the Tigers.
I think facing the West Virginia Mountaineers in a bowl game is a great match-up for Allen and the Aggies. This looks like it should be an offensive slugfest, with both team airing out early and often.
WVU QB Clint Trickett had a phenomenal year, but he's retired from football after suffering five concussions over the last 14 months. Backup Skyler Howard played well in the final two games of the season, but the chemistry within the offense is likely not going to be the same.
Both teams finished with a 7-5 record, but all of the Aggies losses came against SEC powerhouse teams. West Virginia simply isn't cut from the same cloth as the likes of LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.