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Although our blog focuses mainly on poker for obvious reasons, I have to get this out of the way quickly. It’s college football season and I’m stoked!

UCLA vs Texas A&M AggiesFor those of you who are regulars, you know that we’re huge Texas A&M football fans at the Texas Poker Store.  That’s why I can’t wait for the Aggies to open their 2016 season tomorrow (Saturday) at the “Home of the 12th Man”, Kyle Field, against the 16th pre-season ranked U.C.L.A.  Bruins. SEC vs. Pac-12 and all the hype that goes with it.

This is definitely a Big-Time Game to begin the season.

2016AggiesvsBruins2It’s also a game that might set the tone for the season. It might show us what we need to know about how good Trevor Knight is and how much protection he can count on from the O-line. Jermaine Eluemunor,and youngsters Colton Prater and Eric McCoy will have their hands more than full in the trenches against the highly talented veteran UCLA  defenders, especially a healthy Eddie Vanderdoes, but if they manage to hang in there, it will pave the way for our ground game, which HAS to improve significantly to make a run in the SEC.

Then there’s our incredibly talented roster of receivers. Will Knight be able to connect with Christian Kirk, Josh Reynolds, Ricky Seals-Jones and the rest of the Aggie receivers? And will they be able to hold on to the ball against the experienced UCLA secondary?

Maybe most importantly, can the Aggie D stop the Bruins’ talented star QB, Josh Rosen? We know that DC John Chavis expects Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall to pass rush the hell out of him. But that only works if the rest of our defense can: a) stop the run and b) cover UCLA’s wideouts, who definitely know where to be and how to catch those bullets from Rosen.

It’s almost impossible to predict anything with certainty before the first game of the season. Even when your new OC, Noel Mazzone, is the Bruins’ old OC. There are always unknowns, no matter what you think you know. UCLA is favored to win by about 3 points by most pundits. Not being a pundit, I’m going with the Aggies.

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Texas Poker StoreBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Kyle Allen proved all night that he was the right choice in  a game that required his pocket awareness, his knowledge of his reads and his ability to throw the ball downfield; he had his confidence and his arm strength back. In fact, if it hadn’t been for some unfortunate drops, his stats would have been even more impressive – he was that accurate. Yes, our offenTexas A&M vs Vanderbiltse had a problem scoring touchdowns in the red zone. But thanks to senior kicker Taylor Bertolet, who kicked six successful field goals (tying former kicker Alan Smith for the most in A&M history) we got 18 points on the board. Play of the game, however, had to be after the defense forced a three-and-out to get the ball back into Allen’s hands on his own four yard line.  After a one yard rush from Carson, Allen connected with wide receiver Josh Reynolds for a beautifully executed 95-yard touchdown pass.  Oh, and Tre Carson, our rock at running back, collected 126 yards on the night. All in all, it’s a nice way to be going into Baton Rouge next week.

No one predicted that the Aggies would pitch a shut-out against the Commodores last night, but they did! But based on our rules, we had a winner. Congratulations, Matt Greene! We will be sending you your well-deserved prize of the the Ultimate Poker DVD Collection including “Beat The Pros”, “Winning Texas Holdem”, and “Mastering Bluffs and Tells” Instructional DVDs from our friendly staff at the Texas Poker Store.

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paris-at-rails-e1400010934889By: Pocket Bullets Paris

We had a lot of final score predictions for this week’s big match-up between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but our winner,  with the closest  prediction of 30-21, is an Old Ag himself, so he was not only happy to win this week’s prize of an NCAA Decorative Mirror, but also thrilled to have the opportunity to enjoy the Aggies incredibly well balanced win over MSU.

Aggies BTHO BulldogsThe Ags had an explosive offense in the first half, getting off to a two touchdown lead with some brilliant play-calling, a close-t0- perfect Kyle Allen, some mixing and matching with Tra Carson, Christian Kirk and company and Josh Reynolds making some monster catches. When they sputtered a bit in the second half, the defense looking formidable with Myles Garrett, Dae Dae Hall, Amani Watts, Donavon Wilson and too many other stand-outs to name, stepped up big time to hold Dak Prescott and crew to their lowest scoring game of the season.

After all was said and done, the Ags are now 5-0 on the season, 2-0 in the SEC and are going into their “bye” week ranked #9 in the AP poll. Which, of course, for all big-time football fans, sets up what has to be one of the biggest games of the season and in the country on October 17 – The Aggies vs. the Tide. That’s one no college football fan will want to miss. Congrats to the Aggies, and to Mr. Paul Marvin.

We’ll see you at the poker tables Mr. Marvin.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Saturday night at 6:30 will be the first time the new Kyle Field plays host to two ranked SEC teams, as #14 Texas A&M faces the toughest opponent they have seen so far — #21 Mississippi State. It will be a huge game, with Tra Carson seeing a lot of touches despite the fact that MSU’s red zone defense has been formidable in their first four games. If the Aggies stick to the run it opens up every weapon in their arsenal: including eventually popping a seam to run up the middle, play action passes, hitting some of the routes across the middle and getting a size-advantage match-up deep between Josh Reynolds and one of the MSU safeties. Kyle Allen can do it all, Christian Kirk can catch it all, and the Aggies can always mix it up even more by throwing in an occasional Kyler Murray package. The important thing for the Aggies is balance . . . keeping their offense balanced and throwing the Bulldogs off balance.

Kyle Allen vs Dak Prescott

On the other hand, MSU has Dak Prescott, arguably the best QB in the SEC, a powerful dual-threat senior who led the Dak-attack against the Aggies last year, accounting for 356 yards and five touchdowns in the MSU beatdown. Prescott loves to throw the ball, especially to 6’5” WR De’Runnya Wilson, which means he might just meet up with Mr. Garrett and Mr. Hall more often than he’d like to as they attempt to up their TFLs and sack numbers. Bottom line: the Aggies and the Bulldogs both have improved defenses, but we think the edge goes to Texas A&M. And they both have top tier quarterbacks, with the edge having to go to the seasoned Prescott but with Allen coming on strong. It should be a great football game, with enough explosive plays to put a lot of points on the board. We think more of those plays will be made by the Aggies; what do you think?

Whoever predicts the final score first, without going over, will be the next “Texas Poker Store Predict the Score” prizewinner, walking away with theirchoice of any of our NCAA Decorative Mirrors, including, of course,  the much coveted Texas A&M mirror.

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