Texas A&M vs. Auburn: Johnny Manziel and Aggies Will Rebound with Blowout

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 27, 2012

COLLEGE STATION, TX - OCTOBER 20:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates a touchdown against the LSU Tigers at Kyle Field on October 20, 2012 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Auburn has been better at home this season, but that won't save the 1-6 Tigers from another crushing defeat in Week 9.

That's because Auburn is facing a Texas A&M squad averaging 43.0 points per game this season (ninth in the nation), complete with dynamic freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel.

FYI: Auburn is averaging 15.7 points per game (121st in the FBS) and allowing 25.1 points per contest.

Except for the 59-57 victory over Louisiana Tech in Week 7, Texas A&M hasn't played bad defense, allowing 22.1 points per contest (38th in the nation). Simply not playing bad defense should be enough to roll over the Tigers on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Auburn's passing "attack" has been awful this season. Tigers quarterbacks are averaging 6.6 yards per attempt (tied for 88th in the nation) while tossing four touchdowns (tied for 117th) to 11 interceptions (tied for 112th), via CFBStats.com. Junior Clint Moseley threw for just 98 yards on 4.9 yards per attempt in last week's 17-13 loss to Vanderbilt.

Then you have the Auburn running game. The Tigers are averaging 3.37 yards per carry this season, 105th in the FBS. 

Did I mention Auburn is tied for 119th in turnovers with 19? Beyond the 11 interceptions, the Tigers have also lost eight fumbles this season (tied for 89th).

I hate to pile on Auburn (I'm sure Tigers fans have already gone on to another article), but let's just say this isn't the same championship team that dominated on both sides of the ball during the 2010 season.

While Manziel had a horrid performance against LSU last week, let us remember that was one of the top defenses in the nation. Manziel was firmly in the Heisman discussion before that game.

Expect Manziel and Co. to roll into Auburn on Saturday and get back to their dominant ways.


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