When the Missouri Tigers travel to Kyle Stadium in College Station, Texas to square off with the No. 9 Texas A&M Aggies, these former Big 12 rivals turned SEC foes will add another chapter to their bitter rivalry.
Texas A&M—led by the unbelievable play of freshman sensation and Heisman Trophy candidate Johnny Manziel—has turned into one of the biggest college football powerhouses, and will look to send a message to the Tigers Saturday.
While Missouri won’t come out and lay down for Manziel and Aggies, Texas A&M knows that it is not only fighting for the team’s shot at glory; the Aggies are a huge part of their freshman QB’s campaign to win the Heisman.
With a dominant performance Saturday, Texas A&M would prove just how much the national recognition the school has received is deserved.
When: Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Kyle Field, College Station, TX
Watch: ESPN 2
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via Covers)
Over/Under: 61, Spread: Texas A&M (-22)
While most fans are expecting this game to be a shootout of epic proportions, fans need to take a step back and realize just how familiar these two programs are with each other; there will be no blowout Saturday. With two bitter rivals going to battle, take the under and Missouri getting 22 points.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
Justin Britt, OL, Out for season
Jack Meiners, OL, Out indefinitely
Christine Michael, RB, Questionable
While Missouri doesn’t have any realistic chance of making it into a meaningful bowl or busting into the Top 25, the Tigers can play spoiler to the Texas A&M dream season and freshman Manziel’s attempt to win the Heisman Trophy.
The Aggies know all about Missouri, and Texas A&M will pick apart the less talented team throughout the game.
With the Manziel-led team reaching No. 9 in the country already, a loss by anyone in the Top Eight and a win by the Aggies Saturday would result in yet another climb up the BCS Top 25.
Missouri Player to Watch: James Franklin, QB
The move to the SEC was the smart move for the Missouri Tigers—both financially and as a school looking to gain even more national notoriety for the football program—but the growing pains have been obvious.
The biggest star to struggle has been junior quarterback James Franklin.
With just 1,562 yards through the air and a mediocre touchdown-to-interception ratio of 10-7, Franklin has struggled adapting to the tough SEC defenses. Saturday’s matchup with Texas A&M will be more of the same.
Texas A&M Player to Watch: Johnny Manziel, QB
What is there to say about freshman star and Heisman Trophy candidate Johnny Manziel that his unbelievable stats can’t say for themselves?
Manziel has started the season 241-of-356 for a stellar 67.7 completion percentage, but it is the 3,047 yards through the air, 1,114 yards on the ground and 38 total touchdowns (21 passing, 17 rushing) that has the starting QB in the Heisman talk despite his rookie status.
This is Manziel’s final chance to convince the voters that he deserves to win the Heisman as a freshman, and his teammates realize that too. Expect the Aggies to be fighting just as hard for their young QB as they are for the win.
Prediction: Texas A&M 30, Missouri 17
Despite a valiant effort for the Missouri Tigers, the Texas A&M Aggies are a flat-out better team on both sides of the ball and that will be evident Saturday night. While the Aggies transfer to the SEC has been seamless, Missouri has struggled.
The SEC is much different than the Big 12; there is actual talent in the SEC.
Led by the freshman Manziel, Texas A&M will control the clock on offense with the team’s elite running and passing attack, but it will be the stellar play of the defensive unit—still red hot after the win against Alabama—that will shut down Missouri.
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