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Texas A&M vs. West Virginia - 12/29/14 Liberty Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

West Virginia Mountaineers (7-5) at Texas A&M Aggies (7-5)

College Football: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Liberty Bowl)

The Line: Texas A&M Aggies +3.5 -- Over/Under: 67.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Texas A&M Aggies and West Virginia Mountaineers square off Monday in the Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The Texas A&M Aggies have lost five of their last seven games and are playing in their sixth straight bowl. Kyle Allen is completing 61.1 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Allen has four touchdowns and two picks in his last two games, and Texas A&M has 31 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Josh Reynolds and Speedy Noil have combined for more than 1,300 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Malcome Kennedy has a touchdown in two of his last three games. Texas A&M’s ground game is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, as Trey Williams leads the way with 474 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, the Texas A&M Aggies are allowing 27.3 points, 449 yards, and they’ve forced 32 sacks and 12 turnovers. Howard Matthews leads the Aggies with 82 tackles and Myles Garrett has 12.5 tackles for loss.

Texas A&M vs. West Virginia - 12/29/14 Liberty Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The West Virginia Mountaineers have lost three of their last four games and are playing in their 12 bowl in the last 13 seasons. Clint Trickett is completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Trickett has zero touchdowns and three picks in his last two games, and West Virginia has 35 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Kevin White and Mario Alford have combined for more than 2,200 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns while Daikiel Shorts has eight receptions in his last two games. West Virginia’s ground game is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, as Rushel Shell leads the way with 766 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, the West Virginia Mountaineers are allowing 26.2 points, 388.6 yards, and they’ve forced 18 sacks and 13 turnovers. Nick Kwiatkoski leads WVU with 96 tackles and Shaquille Riddick has nine tackles for loss.

The Aggies are 9-24 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games. 

I've been high on West Virginia all season and it's paid off for the most part. Here, the Aggies will have their hands full with a Mountaineers offense that can score with the best of them. I'm taking WVU and the slight chalk. 

 

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West Virginia Mountaineers -3.5

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