Chick-Fil A Bowl - Duke vs Texas A&M 12/31/13 - Free Bowl Picks, Odds, & Predictions
CFB: 8:00 PM EST December 31, 2013 TV: ESPN
Since 1968 the premier bowl game hosted in the state of Georgia has been the Chick-fil A Bowl or previously known as the Peach Bowl. The ACC's Runner-up Duke Blue Devils will face the SEC's Texas A&M Aggies. Game is played in the Georgia Dome on New Years Eve and will be televised on ESPN as the only prime-time night game. Bowl organizer are hoping for just as compeitive game as last year's thriller that saw Clemson win 25-24.
The Blue Devils are no longer the laughing stock of College Football, in fact Coach Cutcliffe has Duke in bowl game for 2nd straight season. Even though the Blue Devils were blew out in the ACC Championship game 45-7 it has put a damper on their amazing season. Offense is the key for Duke, Blue Devils average 31.6 ppg. Leader for the Blue Devils is Junior QB Anthony Boone, key in the Chick-Fil A Bowl be cutting down on his interceptions. Just as impressive this year has been the improved Duke defense, on the year Blue Devils only allow 24.7 ppg.
Even if Texas A&M could not repeat the amazing 2012 season it still was another solid year as Aggies finished 2nd full year in the SEC. Johnny Football might not have won the Heisman in 2013 but think Manziel actually had a better year. Most exciting play in College Football will put on a show one last time before Manziel enters NFL draft after his Reshirt Sophomore season. Aggies offense (43.6 ppg) has done it's best to cover up for a terrible defense (30.9 ppg). Key will be how Coach Summlin improves his defense in the few bowl practices.
Recent Betting Trends:
Blue Devils are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
Over is 4-0 in Blue Devils last 4 games following a S.U. loss.
Over is 5-1 in Aggies last 6 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
Aggies are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Free Betting Pick: Duke Blue Devils +11
Even the magic of Johnny Football hasn't been enough to overcome the struggling A&M defense. Aggies might win but doing so by more than a Touchdown is unlikely, this Duke team will more than take advantage of Texas A&M bad defense. Duke has advantage on defense and has proven they can score against just about anyone. Blue Devils fall short of big bowl win but still get us bettors a nice win. Final Score Prediciton, Texas A&M wins in shootout but falls short of an ATS cover 38-34.