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Spread: Alabama (-13.5)
Alabama is coming off a tough, physical and energy-draining 21-17 win over LSU last week. You have to figure that the Tide defense is still going to be tired after being out on the field for 85 plays and over 39 minutes last week.
It will be very interesting to see what kind of damage Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel can do against an Alabama secondary that was just exploited by Zach Mettenberger.
Manziel has been the most exciting freshman in the country this season. The dual-threat signal-caller has thrown for over 2,500 yards and 16 touchdowns and added another 922 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.
Still, Manziel did struggle mightily against LSU’s defense in a 24-19 loss to the Tigers, and it’s likely that Alabama’s defense can force him to make those same kinds of mistakes.
The Aggies definitely have the talent on both sides of the ball to put a scare into Alabama. However, the Tide should able to wear them down with running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon and ultimately prevail at home.
Pick: Alabama wins, Texas A&M covers
Prediction: Alabama 38, Texas A&M 28