Texas A&M Football: Aggies Searching for First Home Win of 2012 Against SC State

Steven GerwelContributor IIISeptember 22, 2012

DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 15:  Ryan Swope #25 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs for a touchdown against the Southern Methodist Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Texas A&M Aggies have left the Big 12 and are in the middle of their first season as member of the SEC conference. 

After a 20-17 loss to conference rival Florida two weeks ago, the fans will have to wait before experiencing their first win over an SEC opponent. Although, the Aggies will have a chance to pick up their first home win of the season against South Carolina State. 

Texas A&M has back-to-back home games against South Carolina State and Arkansas, which gives local fans two opportunities to witness their team play against well-known opponents. 

The Aggies' season-opener against Louisiana Tech was postponed, which currently leaves them with a 1-1 record. 

But even though they've already experienced an early loss, the unranked Aggies will have every opportunity to make some noise with Alabama and LSU still remaining on the 2012 schedule. 

For now, College Station will settle for a home victory and some optimism moving forward. 


Aggies Look to Intimidate Outmatched Bulldogs

The South Carolina State Bulldogs have recently been one of the better teams of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, including a 10-2 season in 2009, but they obviously have their struggles against high-end Division I schools. 

The Bulldogs are coming off a 56-0 loss to No. 24-ranked Arizona and they didn't do themselves any favors by scheduling a SEC opponent the very next week. 

The Bulldogs were held to just 89 passing yards and 65 rushing yards against Arizona and will once again struggle to move the ball against the Texas A&M defense. 

The Bulldogs defense was also abused after Arizona put up 689 offensive yards, including 323 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. 

The Aggies will lean on quarterback Johnny Manziel and will expect him to have a huge game through the air and on the ground. 

Last week against Southern Methodist, Manziel passed for 294 yards and ran for 124 more while producing six total touchdowns. 

A repeat performance by the quarterback will result in a blowout victory. 

The Aggies will have no problem steamrolling South Carolina State. And while the fans would rather see their team take down a ranked opponent, this game will be a great chance for the Aggies to build some confidence moving forward.