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Analysis: Texas A&M vs. Duke - Chick-fil-A Bowl

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Here is my third of 10 previews and predictions on the SEC bowl games in college football this season including the BCS National Championship.

Chick-fil-A Bowl
#21 Texas A&M (8-4) vs. #24 Duke (10-3)
Dec. 31 / 8 p.m. / ESPN
Georgia Dome (71,228) / Atlanta, Ga.
Series History: First Meeting
VegasInsider Point Spread: Texas A&M -12 ½

Vinny’s Vibe: Duke coach David Cutcliffe is piling-up the coach of the year awards for one of the greatest seasons in Duke football history. A win would give Duke its first bowl win since the 1961 Cotton Bowl. The player to watch for the Blue Devils is safety/return specialist Devon Edwards. He’s a second-team All-American who had a 3 return-game earlier this season. Duke is extremely outmatched in this game. I know Duke will be thrilled to be there and Texas A&M may be disappointed, but the size, speed and talent difference is clear. I don’t care what the public message has been from Johnny Manziel, he’s gone to the NFL after this game. WR Mike Evans, who I thought was the best receiver in the country, is going as well. I think those offensive weapons will want to put on a show, and they will. The Aggies will give up some plays on defense, but I don’t see any way Duke slows down the high-powered, dynamic Texas A&M offense.

Texas A&M 52 Duke 21

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