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Texas A&M Beats UNC in Orange Bowl, Continues SEC Hot Streak

Texas A&M beat North Carolina 41-27 in the Orange Bowl tonight. The Aggies impressively put up 24 points in the fourth quarter. The turning point in the game came when freshman running back Devon Achane, in for Isaiah Spiller who got hurt, scampered for a 76-yard touchdown to give A&M a 34-27 lead. Achane would add another TD in the fourth quarter to ice it.

The SEC continued its hot streak, as the conference is now 6-2 in bowl games with the national title game between Alabama and Ohio State pending. Here are the SEC’s results:

Rose Bowl: Alabama 31, Notre Dame 14.
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma 55, Florida 20
Armed Forces Bowl: Mississippi State 28, Tulsa 26
Peach Bowl: Georgia 24, Cincinnati 21
Citrus Bowl: Northwestern 35, Auburn 19
Gator Bowl: Kentucky 23, NC State 21
Outback Bowl: Ole Miss 26, Indiana 20

The ACC, meanwhile, went 0-6 this bowl season. It’s been a rough week for them.

Texas A&M had a great season. Their only loss came to Alabama in the second week of the year. Jimbo Fisher appears to have things headed in the right direction there.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. Ryan, dude, no doubt the contributors to this site are a bunch of SEC/Big 10 homers, but at least throw the Big 12 a mention here and there, as they did finish 5-0 in bowl games this year. The SEC, so called, hot streak included some inspiring wins of UGA, Miss St and KY by a combined score of 7 points. So hot, I can feel the January ice just melting away, but there are other hot streaks, like those on the inside of some tightly whiteys after a nice meal of ghost pepper wings with Tabasco and horseradish. Maybe that is what you mean by ‘hot’.

    • No freaking doubt. Not to mention that after OU curb stomped Florida, this site went heavy on excuses but no mention about the missing UNC guys. Using SEC logic one has to believe if Indiana was even interested in playing Ole Miss. it goes both ways. The SEC is good but it’s an even better cult.
      Big 12 wins include Florida, Oregon, Miami, Army and Colorado. Damn fine 5-0

      • Yep. Whenever the SEC loses the excuses come out.
        Wow, 4 wins by a single score, really 5 after NC basically gave aTm their final TD, most of them in the final few minutes if not seconds. Yes, the SEC is really on a hot streak!

      • No excuses pal. I took OU in that Florida game, not because I thought OU was the better team, but because I knew that most of Florida’s skill players opted-out. It played out exactly as I thought it would. Same with the Georgia game; the entire defensive backfield opted out. Even Mississippi was without their top receivers. In bowl games the thing that matters most is who plays.

        BTW, Army and Colorado are not exactly top shelf opponents and Miami had multiple opt outs on the defensive side of the ball. Oregon is not bad for a PAC 12 also ran.

    • In European Soccer, when a team proves it is not worthy of its league, it is dropped down one level and the best team in that league moves up. After the first week of the season, when the Sun Belt Conference won three games to none over the Little 12 (which is somehow only 10 teams), to include Iowa State, the NCAA moved the Sun Belt Conference up to the Power Five and the Little 12 dropped in the the Other 5 Conference category. I can’t imagine that none of you saw this. Your excitement about the Little 12 beating two PAC-12 teams, a Florida team that had quit, a service academy missing over a dozen starters due to Covid and Miami is amazing. Hope is on the horizon though and I understand the NCAA is now evaluating whether the PAC-12 will be moved down from the Power 5 also. I hear the chances of the Little 12 getting back into the Power 5 hinges on whether the NCAA selects the MAC, the AAC or the Little 12. I understand the AAC has the inside track because it at least had one team in contention for the Final Four.

  2. In European Soccer, when a team proves it is not worthy of its league, it is dropped down one level and the best team in that league moves up. After the first week of the season, when the Sun Belt Conference won three games to none over the Little 12 (which is somehow only 10 teams), to include Iowa State, the NCAA moved the Sun Belt Conference up to the Power Five and the Little 12 dropped in the the Other 5 Conference category. I can’t imagine that none of you saw this. Your excitement about the Little 12 beating two PAC-12 teams, a Florida team that had quit, a service academy missing over a dozen starters due to Covid and Miami is amazing. Hope is on the horizon though and I understand the NCAA is now evaluating whether the PAC-12 will be moved down from the Power 5 also. I hear the chances of the Little 12 getting back into the Power 5 hinges on whether the NCAA selects the MAC, the AAC or the Little 12. I understand the AAC has the inside track because it at least had one team in contention for the Final Four.

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