2019 Texas Bowl Preview: #25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

This Big 12 vs. ACC battle features two quality programs

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#25 Oklahoma State (8-4) vs. Texas A&M (7-5)

TAMU -6.5, O/U 54, Friday 12/27/19, 6:45pm EST

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  • The No. 25 Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-4) will take on the Texas A&M Aggies (7-5) in the Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium on Friday 12/27/19.

  • The Aggies are listed as the clear favorites while the over/under has hovered around 55 points.

  • Although OSU closed out their regular season with a 34-16 loss to Oklahoma, they finished the year on a strong note, going 4-1 in Big 12 play.

  • Meanwhile, A&M closed the year with two brutal SEC matchups, losing to Georgia (19-13) and LSU (50-7) in back-to-back weeks. Before those games, they had won four-straight contests, including three against SEC opponents.

  • On the year, the Cowboys went 6-3-3 ATS while the Aggies went 6-5-1. The over went 5-7 on both of their schedules.

  • Read our Oklahoma State/Texas A&M Texas Bowl prediction below.

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State will be missing starting quarterback Spencer Sanders and star wideout Tylan Wallace in this contest after both were deemed out for the season due to their respective injuries that they suffered late in the season. However, they’ve leaned on sophomore running back Chuba Hubbard with great success this season and should feed him the ball all game long once again. Hubbard leads all 130 FBS schools in rushing yards (1,936) and scored 21 touchdowns this year. Incredibly, he averaged 6.3 yards per rush on a ridiculous 309 carries. Regardless of the game script, the Cowboys have made him the focal point of their offense. Ex-Hawaii quarterback Dru Brown will start and filled in well for Sanders at the end of the regular season while junior wideout Dillon Stoner (49 catches, 598 yards, five touchdowns) will be asked to step up on the outside. While the numbers were skewed due to the presence of Sanders and Wallace, the Cowboys averaged 33.4 points per game (34th out of 130 FBS schools) and their defense ranked T-63rd, allowing 27.0 points per contest.

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Texas A&M

Texas A&M will rely on the playmaking ability of junior quarterback Kellen Mond, who threw for 2,802 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions and added 383 yards and seven scores on the ground. Freshman Isaiah Spiller (5.6 YPC, 869 yards, nine touchdowns) and junior wideout Jhamon Ausbon (65 receptions, 862 yards, four touchdowns) were the two standout skill players on offense alongside Mond. The Aggies averaged 30.0 points per game this season (T-61st) while their defense ranked T-36th, allowing 22.7 points per contest.

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Prediction


As seen in our Oklahoma State/Texas A&M Texas Bowl preview, it’s tough to identify a clear advantage for either team in what should be an intriguing battle. Will the A&M defense fall victim to Hubbard like most of Oklahoma State’s opponents have? Will Mond be able to show off his dual-threat ability? Will either defense be able to create consistent stops?

In addition to our Oklahoma State/Texas A&M Texas Bowl prediction, you can see more trends, updated odds, injuries and more on our game page.