The Texas A&M Aggies know how to throw the football, which is something that can’t be said for every SEC team. They’ll see if the Oklahoma Sooners can find a pass rush against them.
2013 Cotton Bowl –
Texas A&M Aggies vs. Oklahoma Sooners – Friday, January 4
College football betting line: Texas A&M -3
Why Texas A&M Will Win
Any credible college football online sports book expert worth his keep would tell you that this game is going to be decided by the best player on the field. Online football betting gurus aren’t going to deny the notion that one player will take center stage in this game: A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy. Manziel’s combination of daredevil scrambling and pinpoint passing enabled him to beat Alabama on the road. Manziel’s quick rise to prominence has been accompanied by the ascendancy of Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin, who was named SEC Coach of the Year by his new peers. Sumlin made the jump from Conference USA in no time, dazzling SEC observers and making A&M a very relevant football brand in America’s toughest conference. The Aggies were stifled in the second halves of their two losses this season against Florida and LSU, but they’ve solved every other problem that’s been thrown their way. A&M will take the field as a neutral-site favorite against Oklahoma, something that rarely if ever would have been the case during these schools’ existences in the Big 12. The reason why A&M is favored is that Oklahoma doesn’t have an imposing pass rush. If the Sooners can’t contain Manziel in the pocket, the Aggies will win. They should.
Why Oklahoma Will Win
When you go over your next play at any of the best online betting sites in the country, you should be able to come to the conclusion that the Sooners can score a lot in this contest, keeping pace with the Aggies. The Sooners are as explosive an offense as there is in the Big 12, which is saying something. The Sooners are led by senior quarterback Landry Jones (27 touchdowns compared to only nine interceptions). Jones has a plethora of weapons at his disposal: Wide receivers Kenny Stills, Sterling Shepard, Justin Brown, and Jalen Saunders comprise one of the deepest receiving corps in the nation. Stills (73 catches, 11 touchdowns) is the bellcow, the man Jones looks for in big situations. Brown (62 catches, four touchdowns), the Penn State transfer, is the steady possession receiver, while Saunders and Shepard both offer big play potential (both averaging over 14 yards per reception). The Sooners, however, have a special weapon that only adds to the explosiveness of their offense: sophomore backup quarterback and short yardage back Blake Bell. The “Belldozer” is Tim Tebow on steroids in a physical sense. At 6-6 and 254 pounds, Bell has rushed for 11 touchdowns and is a near-guarantee to get that much-needed yard to keep drives going or put the Sooners in the end zone.
The Sooners will likely need to crack the end zone a lot if they want to beat Johnny Football. The thing to realize, though, is that they’re equipped to do just that.
Who Will Win?
Oklahoma will not get shut down on offense, but if the Sooners can’t rush Johnny Manziel with any appreciable degree of effectiveness or consistency, they’re going to get smoked. Oklahoma has not shown the ability to generate regular pressure with its front four, so A&M should be the pick here.
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College Football Betting Pick: Texas A&M -3