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Orange Bowl Preview

Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by astealthyhippo, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. astealthyhippo

    astealthyhippo happy painting and god bless

    Oct 14, 2009
    Orange Bowl Preview


    Category TAMU Rnk MINN Rnk
    Overall *B- B-
    Off. Rating *B- B-
    Def. Rating *B- B-
    Points per game 37.9 #7 *39.5 #5
    Total Off. 4,965 #51 *5,132 #14
    Rush Off. *3,195 #1 2,437 #3
    Pass Off. 1,770 #118 *2,695 #66
    Total Def. *3,218 #8 4,324 #83
    Rush Def. *1,220 #23 1,429 #66
    Pass Def. *1,998 #7 2,895 #77
    Turnover Diff. *+14 #6 -3 #75

    Pre-game analysis:

    This one looks pretty evenly matched, as both teams have similar ratings. Stats and expert picks paint a slightly different picture though, as Texas A&M appears to be the favorite. Texas A&M comes into this game with an 11-1 record, riding a 7 game win streak. Minnesota is 10-2 following a tough loss at Iowa to end the season. Both teams know how to put points on the board, as both rank top 10 nationally in points per game. TAMU comes into this game leading the nation in rushing yards, while Minnesota ranks third nationally. TAMU is led by freshman RB sensation Christine Michael, while the Gopher rushing attack is headed by sophomore Duane Bennett.

    Neither team passes the ball exceptionally well, as dropped passes have haunted both teams all season long. The TAMU defense ranks eighth nationally, and seventh in passing defense. Meanwhile, the Minnesota defense has struggled all season, ranking in the bottom half of the nation. Turnovers could be another huge factor; TAMU has the huge advantage here as well with a +14 difference compared to a -3 difference for Minnesota.

    Expert Picks:

    Lee Corso: Texas A&M

    Kirk Herbstreit: Texas A&M
  2. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

    Sep 13, 2009
    Nicely done. The Aggie defensive stats are slightly skewed by the fact that a big part of our offense involves running the ball, contolling the clock and keeping the total number of possessions. There is no way, either talent wise or skill wise by me, that I have a top 10 defense.

    I think the key to the game will be turnovers. A&M has done a great job this season not turning the ball over, with the exception of the oklahoma state game. Another key will be which team can run successfully. The team that has to throw usually loses the turnover batttle.

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