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Wolfpack, Aggies battle in first meeting in TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The North Carolina State Wolfpack face the No. 19 Texas A&M Aggies on New Year’s Eve in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. The game will be played at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.

The game will kick off at 7:30 pm EST on ESPN.

The Wolfpack bring a 9-3 record into this game. However, just three of their nine wins have come on the road (3-2 overall).

The Aggies are 8-4 overall. Even worse than the Wolfpack, Texas A&M has won just one game on the road this season (1-3 overall).

North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Ryan Finley attempts a pass against the Virginia Cavaliers
Ryan Finley attempts a pass against the Virginia Cavaliers (Getty Images)

According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Aggies have a 63% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. However, their expert poll is giving the game a 50% split.

This is the first meeting between the two teams all-time.

The Wolfpack have a 17-13-1 all-time record in Bowl games. They have won their last two Bowl games.

They defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils, 52-31, in their last Bowl win in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on December 29th, 2017 at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Their last Bowl loss came in a 51-28 loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Belk Bowl on December 30th, 2015 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Aggies have a 17-22 all-time Bowl record. They have lost their last three Bowl games.

Texas A&M was defeated 55-52 by the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in their last Bowl loss in the Belk Bowl on December 29th, 2017 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Their last Bowl win came in a 45-37 win in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl over the West Virginia Mountaineers on December 29th, 2014 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Wolfpack have won their last three regular season games. They have not lost a regular season came since a 27-23 loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on November 8th.

North Carolina State is averaging 35.6 points per game. Their offense is averaging 471.3 total yards per game.

their defense is allowing 22.7 points per contest. In addition, their defense is allowing 380.3 total yards per game.

Wolfpack quarterback Ryan Finley has gone 307 of 452 for 3,789 yards. He has 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Reggie Gallaspy II leads the Wolfpack backs with 214 carries for 1,012 yards and 18 touchdowns. Kelvin Harmon leads the Wolfpack receivers with 81 receptions for 81 receptions for 1,186 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Aggies, like the Wolfpack, have won their last three regular season games. Their last regular season loss came in a 28-24 loss to the Auburn Tigers on November 3rd.

Texas A&M is averaging 34.7 points per game. Their offense is averaging 465.8 total yards per game.

Their defense is allowing 26.3 points per game. In addition, their defense is allowing 354.7 total yards per contest.

Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond has gone 224 of 389 for 2,967 yards. He has 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Trayveon Williams leads the Aggies backs with 252 carries for 1,524 yards and 15 touchdowns. Jace Sternberger leads the Aggies receivers with 47 receptions for 804 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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