Advocare v100 Texas Bowl Preview
Texas A&M Aggies vs Kansas State Wildcats
This will be the first meeting between these two teams since Texas A&M departed for the SEC after the 2011 season (Enter Contest). The matchup between the Wildcats and Aggies should be an intriguing one for the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl, which has witnessed back-to-back blowouts by the SEC team (Arkansas and LSU) over a Big 12 opponent (Texas and Texas Tech).
Kansas State isn’t flashy on offense, but coach Bill Snyder’s team averages 232.9 rushing yards per game and will test a Texas A&M defense that struggled to stop the run and tackle in the second half of the season. Quarterback Trevor Knight returned from a shoulder injury and played in the Aggies’ Thanksgiving night loss to LSU. Knight should be at full strength for this game, and the time off should also benefit end Myles Garrett, who was also banged up throughout the 2016 season. The Wildcats led the Big 12 in scoring defense but were vulnerable to the pass. Will Texas A&M’s offense control the tempo and jump out to an early lead? Or will K-State dictate the pace of the game by a strong ground attack, which controls the line of scrimmage and keeps the Aggies on the sidelines.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M (8-4, 4-4 SEC)
The Aggies allowed Derrius Guice to run for an LSU-record 285 yards in the regular-season finale, but they also couldn’t stop the Tigers’ passing game as Danny Etling torched their secondary for 324 yards and two scores. “We were 6-0 and No. 4 in polls at one point. Here we are three weeks later, and we are unranked (in College Football Playoff rankings). Quarterback Trevor Knight (16 passing TDs, 10 rushing) hasn’t thrown for 250 yards in a game since early September, although Trayveon Williams (1,024 rushing yards, eight TDs) gives the team plenty of offensive balance. First-team All-American defensive end Myles Garrett (8.5 sacks) is a force who could end up as the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL draft.
ABOUT KANSAS STATE (8-4, 6-3 Big 12)
The Wildcats don’t get much help from their passing attack, as quarterback Jesse Ertz’s season high is 207 passing yards and he only has eight TD passes on the year. However, the junior has 10 rushing scores, which ranks second on the team behind Winston Dimel’s 12. He gets plenty of help from Charles Jones (577 yards), Alex Barnes (442) and Justin Silmon (387) as well. Kansas State’s defense is trending in the right direction, as the team has allowed decreasing point totals in four straight games.