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Chick-Fil-A Bowl Texas A&M Aggies vs. Duke Blue Devils - 12/31/13

Duke Blue Devils (10-3) at Texas A&M Aggies (8-4)

College Football: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Georgia Dome)

The Line: Texas A&M Aggies -11.5 -- Over/Under: 68 See the Latest Odds


The Duke Blue Devils and the Texas A&M Aggies face off in the Georgia Dome in the Chic-Fil-A Bowl.

As somebody that follows football closely I have to admit that Duke caught me a bit off guard with their success. The Blue Devils won eight in a row to close the regular season before falling to Florida State in the ACC championship. Duke was generally competitive on both sides of the ball with the defense allowing 409 yards and less then 25 points while the offense averaged 408 yards and over 31 points with middle of the row numbers on the ground and air. Duke had two viable passers with Brandon Cornette throwing for 1,212 yards and Anthony Boone for 1,833 yards but Cornette won't be available. Jamison Crowder was the star of the receiving corp with 1,197 yards on 96 receptions with Jela Duncan and Josh Snead leading the ground game with a combined 1,109 yards on 203 carries.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl Texas A&M Aggies vs. Duke Blue Devils - 12/31/13

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Texas A&M might have been in line for a better Bowl for lack of a more flattering word if they didn't end the year with back to back defeats. Having said that, the losses were to LSU and Missouri and I see no shame in that. The Aggies were all about finding the end zone which was logical with Johnny Manziel under center while leading the offense to 538 yards and over 43 points behind 351 yards through the air. The defense gave up 460 yards and 31 points which led to a few shootouts. Manziel was as prolific as ever with 3,732 yards on 69% completions with 33 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Mike Evans was top gun among the receivers with 65 catches for 1,322 yards with Derel Walker addind another 705 yards. Manziel also led the Aggies in rushing with 675 yards on 132 carries with Ben Malena adding 517 yards on 107 touches.

I am not sure Duke will be able to stop Texas A&M but by the same token I belive the Blue Devils will also be able to score so I'll try the points and update by game day...

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