Texas A&M vs Oklahoma State prediction: Texas Bowl odds, pick, best bets
After another disappointing season under now-fired head coach Jimbo Fisher, the 7-5 Texas A&M Aggies limp into Wednesdays Texas Bowl with little motivation and fewer resources.
The Aggies will be without their head coach, offensive coordinator, starting quarterback and 11 players with at least 350 snaps this year.
The future is brighter with new head coach Mike Elko taking over but he wont be coaching in the Texas Bowl, and next years roster should look drastically different.
Meanwhile, the 9-4 Oklahoma State Cowboys come into Wednesdays college football bowl matchup on a relative high. They engineered one of the nations biggest turnarounds this season, starting with non-conference losses to South Alabama and Iowa State but ending in the Big 12 Championship Game.
As a result, very few Pokes hit the portal or opted out for the Texas Bowl, and very few coaches are better at motivating their players for bowl games than Mike Gundy.
Based on motivation and availability alone, the Texas Bowl is pretty easy to handicap.
Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State Odds
Odds via BetMGM## Texas A&M vs Oklahoma State prediction
(9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Exactly how did the Pokes turn the year around?
It was essentially two things.
First, they established Alan Bowman as the starting quarterback and he proved to be a steady, albeit unspectacular, hand under center.
Secondly, they started feeding Ollie Gordon II and that move made all the difference.
Gordon was among the nations most prolific and effective running backs this year. He racked up more than 1,600 yards and 20 scores in 13 games, including a three-game non-conference schedule where he only received 19 carries.
He was the nations second-leading rusher, trailing only Troys Kimani Vidal. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry on more than 250 attempts.
Oklahoma State quarterback Alan Bowman. USA TODAY Sports via Reuters ConGordon was named the Doak Walker Award winner for his efforts, which was well deserved.
Basically, once the Pokes started moving the ball on the ground through Gordon they started winning games. Oklahoma State ran the ball a lot and won a lot of games, seven of its final eight, to be exact.
So, that begs the question: Can the Aggies stop Gordon and the Pokes rushing attack?
The answer is yes at least on paper, given Texas A&Ms rush defensive metrics are elite.
But several key Aggie rush defenders hit the portal or opted out of the Texas Bowl, including starting defensive lineman Walter Nolen, defensive tackle McKinnley Jackson, edge Fadil Diggs and linebacker Edgerrin Cooper.
For context, those four accounted for 77 of Texas A&Ms 207 run stops this season, per Pro Football Focus. Cooper posted the teams highest PFF rush defense grade (87.6) behind 37 run stops.
Its hard to imagine a severely shorthanded Aggies front seven staying in front of the nations best running back.
Betting on College Football? 2> - Check out the best College Football betting sites
- Read our expert’s guide on how to bet on College Football
- Get the latest College Football National Championship winner odds
Even at full strength, Texas A&M wasnt an elite rush defense against man-blocking rush schemes, something Gundy and the Pokes run repeatedly.
While the Cowboys should move the ball easily and efficiently, can they stop the Texas A&M attack?
Oklahoma States defense is nothing special, but I dont think thatll matter, considering how shorthanded the Aggies offense is.
Texas A&M is starting a third-string quarterback, Jaylen Henderson, whos prepping for the bowl game with an interim head coach, Elijah Robertson, whos already taken the Syracuse defensive coordinator job and will be departing for upstate New York after the bowl game.
Henderson will attempt to generate an effective aerial attack without two starting offensive linemen and three starting wide receivers.
All 11 of Oklahoma States defensive starters are playing in the Texas Bowl, and that unit shouldnt have a problem stopping Texas A&Ms second-stringers.
Texas A&M quarterback Jaylen Henderson. Getty ImagesUltimately, Texas A&M is a walking corpse waiting to be revived by Elko in 2024, and the current Aggies dont have the playmakers to battle with Gundy, Gordon and Co.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State is excited to cap off an exciting 2023 and ready to build toward a potentially special 2024 with an experienced returning roster and less competition at the top of the Big 12 (with Texas and Oklahoma departing for the SEC).
Which brings us back to the motivational factor.
Again, few coaches are better at motivating their players for bowl season than Gundy.
The Cowboys are 11-6 against the spread (ATS) in bowl games under the long-time head coachs tutelage, which includes a 7-1 ATS run across the last eight bowl appearances.
The highly motivated Pokes should cruise past the shorthanded, lifeless Aggies in Wednesday nights Texas Bowl, and Ill happily bet on that exact result.
Personally, I’d rather lay the ML juice than bet the Pokes over a field goal, but either is good.
Texas A&M vs Oklahoma State Pick
Oklahoma State ML (-175) at BetMGM | Play to (-200)
How many decks are used in poker?
In most popular poker variants, such as Texas Hold'em and Omaha, a standard deck of 52 playing cards is used. Each deck contains four suits (hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades) and consists of 13 ranks (Ace, 2 through 10, and the face cards: Jack, Queen, and King).
What is the bonus code for WPT Global Poker 2023?
The best bonus code for WPT Global is WPT777. By entering the bonus code, players will get a welcome bonus 100% up to $1,200 on the first deposit. The minimum deposit is $20.
What is the best WPT Global bonus code?
Use the WPT Global bonus code WPT777 when registering to get a 100% deposit bonus up to $1200 plus a $100 No Deposit poker bonus.