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Bowl preview: #25 Texas A&M @ Kansas State

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 28, 2016 at 7:24 pm EST

On Wednesday night, #25 Texas A&M Aggies faces the Kansas State Wildcats in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl in the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The game will be on ESPN at 9 pm EST.

Both teams are 8-4. Texas A&M is 2-2 on the road, while Kansas State is 3-3.

These two teams haven’t faced each other since Nov. 12, 2011 when Kansas State won 53-50. The Wildcats have won the past three meetings.

Trevor Knight (Getty Images)

Trevor Knight (Getty Images)

In the past 10 meetings between these two teams, dating back to Oct. 19, 1996, each team has won five times. Besides the past three by the Wildcats, they also won 36-17 on Oct. 18, 1997 and 23-20 on Oct. 19, 1996.

Texas A&M won their five games from Dec. 5, 1998 through Oct. 22, 2005.

The Aggies lost its previous game to the LSU Tigers on Thanksgiving night. They haven’t won a game since Nov. 19 when they defeated the UTSA Roadrunners 23-10.

The Wildcats won its past three games. They haven’t lost a game since Nov. 5 when they were defeated 43-37 by the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

“I would suggest we’re probably one of the top two teams in the conference in regards to how well we finished the season,” Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder said. “And maybe one of the top teams in the country in regards to how we finished the season.”

Trevor Knight will face Snyder for the fourth-time in his career. He previously faced him three times as a member of the Oklahoma Sooners, before transferring to Texas A&M.

“Coach Snyder does an incredible job of preparing and getting his guys ready to play,” Knight said. “They are a disciplined group that doesn’t really make a lot of mistakes. They are going to have guys all over the field, who make big plays. They are not going to necessarily try to beat you, they are going to try to make you beat them.”

This is also likely the last college football game for Aggies junior defensive end Myles Garrett. He’s expected to be a top 5 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

“I have to make sure I finish off this season strong,” Garrett said, who has 8.5 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss. “I’m not going to bring any extra attention to myself, and we’ll all just focus in one direction.”

Knight leads Texas A&M with 2,122 passing yards. He has 16 touchdown passes and six interceptions.

Treyveon Williams has 1,024 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Josh Reynolds has 885 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.

Jesse Ertz leads Kansas State with 1,560 passing yards. He has eight touchdown passes and four interceptions.

Ertz also has 945 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Byron Pringle has 659 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

“Jesse has been doing it virtually all year, at least the last half or three-quarters of the year,” Snyder said. “Jesse runs deceptively well and he’s deceptively fast. You look at him and say he’s lead-footed, but he’s not. He has a good perception of how to run and make people miss.”

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