20* Texas A&M/Oklahoma Cotton Bowl ANNIHILATOR on Texas A&M -3
Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma,
01/04/2013 20:00 EDT,
Score: 41 - 13
Point Spread: -3½/-105 Texas A&M
The Texas A&M Aggies were very close to winning the SEC West with a chance to play for the national title in Kevin Sumlin’s first year on the job. Both of their losses came at home to Florida and LSU by a combined 8 points, and they held leads in both of those contests. Remember, this is the team that beat Alabama 29-24 on the road, and the Crimson Tide are favored in the National Championship by double-digits.
Nobody has had an answer for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. The freshman quarterback completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,419 yards with 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions, while also rushing for 1,181 yards and 19 scores. Oklahoma’s two losses this season came against teams with dual-threat quarterbacks in Notre Dame and Kansas State.
Texas A&M ranks 13th in the country in rushing offense at 235.1 yards per game and 5.6 per carry. Oklahoma’s biggest weakness is a run defense that ranks a woeful 80th in the FBS. It is giving up 181.1 rushing yards per game and 4.8 yards per carry, so the Aggies should have no problem moving the ball on the ground.
Oklahoma is 0-6 ATS when the total is greater than or equal to 70 over the last 2 seasons. The Aggies are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game. The Sooners are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 January bowl games, and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. SEC opponents. Bet Texas A&M Friday.