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2016 Texas Bowl: Time, TV channel, live stream, odds and preview

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The Aggies look for their fourth bowl win in five seasons.

NCAA Football: Southwest Classic-Arkansas vs Texas A&M Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Viewing Information

Time: 8 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN


Gambling Info

(via OddsShark)

Spread: Texas A&M is favored by 2.5-3 points depending on where you look.

Records ATS: Texas A&M 4-8 | Kansas State 5-7

O/U: 56.5-57


Inside the Numbers (via Football Study Hall)

Category Kansas State Texas A&M
Category Kansas State Texas A&M
S&P+ Offense 32.8 (46th) 35.9 (27th)
S&P+ Defense 25.8 (39th) 24.6 (37th)
Rushing S&P+ Offense 114.4 (29th) 113.3 (31st)
Rushing S&P+ Defense 114.1 (26th) 103.2 (56th)
Rush Success Rate Offense 53.5% (3rd) 43.4% (67th)
Rush Success Rate Defense 39.7% (37th) 43.3% (75th)
Passing S&P+ Offense 84.2 (111th) 107.4 (49th)
Passing S&P+ Defense 100.6 (60th) 103.7 (51st)
Pass Success Rate Offense 40.7% (66th) 39.1% (84th)
Pass Success Rate Defense 45.9% (113th) 40.3% (60th)

Players to Watch

Kansas State

QB Jesse Ertz

While Ertz’s passing numbers certainly won’t strike fear into the Aggies’ defense (1560 yards, 8 TD, 4 INT), his rushing ability may. Ertz rushed for 945 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, and Texas A&M really struggled to contain dual threat QBs in losses this season, giving up 182 to Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald, 93 to Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, and 64 to Ole Miss’ Shea Patterson. A&M will need to constantly be spying Ertz and force him to beat them with his arm.

DL Jordan Willis

This game features two of college football’s best edge rushers in Willis and Myles Garrett. ESPN’s Jesse Palmer noted Tuesday how it feels like a matchup of NFL pass rushers. Willis got to the quarterback a Big 12-leading 11 times this season, and he spread the sacks out, recording at least one in eight of K-State’s 12 games. A&M has been good at containing pass rushers this year, though. The Aggies rank 42nd in the nation with 21 sacks allowed on the season. Willis will provide on of A&M’s biggest tests of the year.

Texas A&M

DL Myles Garrett

Barring something unforeseen, this will be the last time Garrett suits up for the Aggies before heading to the NFL next season. You know how good he is. You know all about his accolades. He’s healthy and ready to go and not skipping the bowl game. Enjoy watching him one last time.

WR Josh Reynolds

Whereas there’s still a (verrrrrry slim) chance Garrett returns for the 2017-18 season, this will 100% be senior wide receiver Josh Reynolds’ final game with Texas A&M. He was a portrait of consistency with the Aggies, hovering right around 50 receptions and 900 yards in each of his three seasons. Kansas State allowed six different 100+ yard receiving performances this season. Reynolds certainly will be targeted a ton by Trevor Knight, and he has the potential to turn it into a big day.