Gator Bowl 2018

Gator Bowl 2018 : No. 19 Texas A&M and NC State will tee it up New Year’s Eve in Jacksonville, Florida, in the last college football game of the calendar year. The last time the Aggies were on the field, they topped LSU in a seven-overtime thriller. The Wolfpack won three straight to finish the season 9-3, including a 58-3 win over East Carolina on Dec. 1 in a makeup game in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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The rush defense for the Aggies has been stellar under first-year coordinator Mike Elko. They finished the regular season second in the nation at 92 yards per game and are led by veterans Kingsley Keke and Landis Durham. The back end of the defense is the polar opposite. The Aggies have given up an SEC-worst 262.7 yards per game and 27 passing plays of 30 or more yards.

As far as matchups go, this game is dripping with intrigue. I expect both offenses to exploit weaknesses of the opposing defenses, and Finley to have the last laugh. In a game that I expect to be a shootout, it comes down to which quarterback is more trustworthy. Finley has consistently proven that he has what it takes to finish off his career with a big game and a win over the Aggies.

NC State: Quarterback Ryan Finley is garnering plenty of NFL draft buzz, and there’s a very good reason for it. The senior leads the ACC with 315.8 passing yards per game and is tied for third nationally with 60 passes of 20 or more yards. Leading receiver