LSU vs. Texas A&M: Johnny Manziel Will Run Riot over Tiger Defense

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2012

Saturday's game vs. LSU is the biggest yet in Manziel's young career.
Saturday's game vs. LSU is the biggest yet in Manziel's young career.Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is already making recruiting graders look silly.

Fresh off a new SEC record of 576 yards of total offense in a single game against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, the true freshman has been performing at a 5-star recruit level this season.

Manziel has posted Heisman-like numbers, but as Bleacher Report's own Barrett Sallee points out, his toughest competition is on its way.

Coming to Kyle Field to take on the Aggies are the LSU Tigers, a team that took down the then-No. 3 South Carolina Gamecocks last weekend.

"Johnny Football" has a massive skill set—as does the Tigers' ferocious defense—that the Aggies can use to their advantage.

It won't be easy, but it can be done.

Between standing in the pocket, firing the ball to the A&M receivers and utilizing his speed to move up the field, Manziel could be a terror on Saturday afternoon.

Case in point, the Aggies offense faced a 3rd-and-23 against the Bulldogs last weekend. The freshman decided a 72-yard touchdown run was a good option.

Yes it was, Johnny. Yes it was.

LSU, though, does boast one of the best defenses in the nation. The Tigers allow slightly under 220 yards per game to the opposition, which ranks second only to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

But surprisingly enough, the last true dual-threat quarterback that played the feisty LSU defense had a good amount of success.

Towson Tigers signal-caller Grant Enders hit the Baton Rouge-based Tigers for 86 yards on 12 carries, including a long of 43 yards. Add running back Terrance West's 79 yards to the equation, and it was a frustrating day even in a win for LSU.

Bleacher Report's Michael Taglienti states that "Aggie fans will need to realize that if the running backs average 3.5 yards per carry against the Tigers, that is a solid night."

If Towson managed 4.7 yards per carry and history is any indication, Texas A&M can do the same.

LSU has also struggled offensively in two road contests this season, but especially in the loss to the University of Florida.

The Gators dominated time of possession in the game, as they constantly pounded the Tigers defense with running back Mike Gillislee and only used Jeff Driskel's arm when necessary. Florida controlled the ball for over 37 minutes in the game.

If the Aggies can get the ball back to their offense, controlling the clock is vital.

Every yard counts, and Manziel is an expert at it.

With the ability to make small gains turn into a few more yards, A&M's quarterback is the perfect weapon to defeat LSU— and of course, he is not alone.

Running back Christine Michael is 5'11" and 220 pounds and can take some hits. Add the senior to Manziel's arsenal, and the result is a speedy and powerful one-two punch.

The SEC West division showdown will be determined by whether Texas A&M can move the ball against the stingy LSU defense, and "Johnny Football" is one quarterback that has what it takes.

Manziel wants to lead a new version of the "Aggie Yell."

Its title? "Geaux Home Tigers."