Penn St. Vs Texas A&M pits two high profile schools colliding in the Valero Alamo Bowl that will be the 33rd bowl appearance for legendary Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno. Texas A&M have a different set of coaching circumstances as defensive coordinator Dennis Franchione who resigned after the regular season ended. BetUS.com has Penn St. as -5 point football betting favorites.
A&M (5-6 ATS) has been a hard team to figure out staring the season hot going 5-1 but stumbling down the stretch against better opposition but they are riding the momentum of an upset victory over Texas in the season finale. Texas has given up an eye popping 37.3 point per game on defense in their last 3 and have struggled to stop opposing QB’s. Because of their defensive struggles A&M has engaged in some shootouts led by scrambling QB Stephen McGee and an overall big offensive unit.
Penn St. defense was solid this year allowing only 17.6 points per game, being especially tough against the run giving up only 2.8 yards per carry. Penn St. (5-7 ATS) QB Anthony Morelli will be counted on to air it out against the suspect Aggies secondary with the running game unlikely to gain much against A&M’s big front 7. Penn St. Is 3-4 against teams that played in a bowl this year and a big part of that has been Morelli’s tendency to falter in big games. Of note for bettors is the suspension of 5 Nittany Lions players but only 1 starter DT Chris Baker.BetUS.com has the TOTAL at 51 points for the Valero Alamo Bowl.
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