By: Pocket Bullets Paris
The Texas A&M Aggies football team had its ups and downs this season, and certainly aren’t playing in the bowl game they might have imagined when they came out of the gate blazing to beat South Carolina. But don’t doubt for a minute that they want to beat the West Virginia Mountaineers this Monday in the AZO Liberty Bowl. In fact, they really need this win to go into the off-season on a high note. Of course, it means a lot to the seniors like Malcome Kennedy and DeShazor Everett, who will be playing their last game for the maroon and white. And, those seniors have the rare opportunity to win four straight bowl games in a row. But most importantly, as Kevin Sumlin likes to point out, the bowl game is really the first step of the next season, and if that’s the case then all Aggie fans will have their eyes on their talented youngsters: Kyle Allen, Speedy Noil, Ricky Seals-Jones and Myles Garrett.
This is going to be a close game. The Aggie offense will have to protect the quarterback, block, establish a running game and catch (and hold onto) the passes thrown by an ever-improving Kyle Allen. And the defense will have to put tremendous pressure on the WVU quarterback, Skyler Howard, to stop him from throwing accurately to his number one receiver, All-American Kevin White. It’s not going to be easy because White is a threat similar to Amari Cooper, who the Aggie D couldn’t stop from gaining 140 yards and two touchdowns in their brutal defeat against Alabama. But this isn’t ‘Bama . . . and the Mountaineers, although good, are good for the Big 12 and hopefully not so good against the SEC.
So we’re putting our poker chips on the Aggies to begin next season by getting the “W” in Memphis. Time to put away the poker table and focus on football.