Texas A&M Football: Aggies 4 Most Likely Bowl Opponents

Michael Taglienti@@miketag98Featured ColumnistNovember 3, 2013

Texas A&M Football: Aggies 4 Most Likely Bowl Opponents

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    The Texas A&M football team has a 7-2 record and is bowl eligible. With three games left in the season, the Aggies are still under consideration for a variety of bowl games. 

    Texas A&M needs to win all three remaining games in order to have a shot at a BCS bowl game. In that scenario, they would need some help from some of the other teams in the conference in order to qualify. 

    Some of the bowl possibilities would have the Aggies facing a team from their former conference. They played a Big 12 team in a bowl after the 2012 season, when they faced Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.

    The Aggies are a young team in 2013 that is getting better as the season goes along. They will be a very tough opponent in a bowl game. 

    This is a look at who Texas A&M may face in their bowl game. 

Sugar Bowl vs. Clemson

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    Even if the Aggies run the table during their remaining three games, they need some help in order to qualify for a BCS bowl. In this scenario, Auburn would have to lose a game before they face Alabama in the Iron Bowl at the end of the season.

    If Alabama wins the SEC title and goes to the BCS title game, then Auburn would still have a tiebreaker over the Aggies because they beat A&M head-to-head. The Sugar Bowl would only consider A&M if Auburn had three losses and the SEC champion was playing in the BCS title game. 

    Clemson would have to win the rest of their games during the regular season to qualify for the Sugar Bowl. If Florida State wins the ACC but does not qualify for the BCS title game, do not be surprised to see the Orange Bowl snatch up the Seminoles, which would put Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. 

    A Sugar Bowl between A&M and Clemson would be a dream matchup for network executives. A huge audience would tune in to watch Tajh Boyd and Johnny Manziel lead their explosive offenses against one another. 

    This would be a very tough matchup for the Aggies, but it would be their first BCS bowl birth since they played in the 1999 Sugar Bowl against Ohio State. 

Cotton Bowl vs. Texas

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    Assuming Texas Tech or Baylor wins the Big 12, Texas could slide down into the Cotton Bowl, where organizers would love to match them up with A&M. The Longhorns would fight the matchup, but after avoiding the game after the 2012 season, they may have no choice this year. 

    This game would pit a defense that has struggled to stop the zone-read, against arguably the best running quarterback in the game. Texas needed help from the officials to beat Iowa State. 

    They will struggle to match up with one of the better teams from the SEC. This is a rivalry game that would be close for a while, but A&M would pull away eventually. 

    This is a game where Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin would not call off the dogs, and the Aggies would win by three-plus touchdowns. 

Capitol One Bowl vs. Wisconsin

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    The Capitol One Bowl, formerly the Citrus Bowl, typically hosts teams from the SEC East. They may make an exception this season because of the lure of Johnny Manziel and all of the television sets that he brings with him. 

    Wisconsin features their typical powerful running game, led by sophomore running back Melvin Gordon. He is averaging 9.5 yards per carry, and he leads a Badger offense that rushes for almost 300 yards per game.

    This game would be a tremendous challenge for the Aggies front-seven on defense. On the other side of the ball, the Badgers have never seen a quarterback like Johnny Manziel. 

    This is a game where the Aggies would jump out to a large first quarter lead, take the Badgers out of their comfort zone and force them to pass to play catch-up. The Big 10 typically does not match up well with SEC teams in bowl games.

    This game would be another example of that phenomena. The Aggies would beat Wisconsin 47-27.  

Outback Bowl vs. Michigan State

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    This game would bring up the age-old argument of what wins football games. It is a dominant defense of a prolific offense that wins games. 

    An Outback Bowl matchup between A&M and Michigan State would feature the top defense in the country, trying to stop one of the top offenses in the country.  

    Michigan State would try to pound the ball with running back Jeremy Langford in order to keep Johnny Manziel and the Aggies offense on the sideline. 

    The Aggies would try to raise the offensive pace into hyper-drive in order to catch the MSU defense out of position. Michigan State has not faced a team with the overall speed that the Aggies possess.

    The Spartans do not have the offensive firepower to keep up with the Aggies. This would not be a close game after the third quarter.