The Meineke Car Care Bowl kicks off the big slate of college football games on New Year’s Eve in a battle between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Northwestern Wildcats.
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The Meineke Car Care Bowl oddsopened the Aggies as 10 point favorites and that line has slight raised to 10.5 in some places but the public has been torn on this game. As of the latest look at the
public consensus this game is split down the middle with 50 percent of the public on either side.
It will be interesting to see how both these teams respond in what could be a very difficult bowl game. Luckily for both of these teams, they have a very strong senior class. Northwestern may have one of the best players on the field in quarterback Dan Persa. He is an excellent passer under pressure and can light up the scoreboards. In his last game he will be a highlight film and put up big numbers. The problem is the Wildcats have struggled in bowl games and have a horrible defense.
The Wildcat defense will be without top cover corner Jordan Mabin and that is bad news for a defense that can’t hold a lead or sack the quarterback. The Wildcats have not won a bowl game since 1949 and it is increasingly becoming a point of emphasis with the team. Pat Fitzgerald actually had his players wearing monkeys on their backs to bring home the point.
The Aggies have more on the line in this game which will be their last in the Big 12. to pay tribute to teammate Joey Villavisencio, who died in a car wreck a week ago while headed home for Christmas.
“We want to memorialize him in the right way, and the way we do that is through practice and, come Saturday, we're going to do it by how we play,” interim coach Tim DeRuyter said Wednesday.
Although Mike Sherman will not be coaching in this game, the team still wants to win in his honor. Aggies are aiming to win one for coach Sherman, who was fired Dec. 1 following a 25-25 record over four seasons. He recruited all but a handful of the players on the roster.
“He brought us here as boys and made us men,” said senior Cyrus Gray, the school's third all-time leading rusher. “We want to get this win for him and Joey V. We have a lot riding on this week.”
Like the Wildcats, the Aggies are in desperate need for a bowl victory and they will be playing this game in their backyard, giving them a home field advantage.
The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Aggies have a defense that is much better than the Wildcats and will win this game going away. Drop the double digits as the Aggies win and cover against Northwestern.