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Welcome back to Oxford, Johnny Manziel.
Thanks to SEC scheduling issues in 2013, Texas A&M will visit Ole Miss' Vaught-Hemingway Stadium for the second consecutive season. On the flip side, the Rebels will also have to make a second straight trip to Alabama. That sounds like a fair enough trade.
While Aggie fans won't complain about visiting the Grove again so soon, they 'll likely have some flashbacks of the 2012 contest between the two clubs. On October 6, 2012, Manziel tossed two interceptions among a total of six turnovers by the Aggies. Yet, they still won.
If not for the late heroics of Manziel and some good fortune, Kevin Sumlin's Aggies would have walked out of the Vaught with heads held low. However, Manziel turned into Johnny Heisman late in the game.
Make absolutely no mistake about it, Texas A&M is playing for a BCS championship this year. Anything less than a national title would be a disappointment, as it should be. Besides traveling to Oxford after an open week, A&M gets to play eight of its 12 games at Kyle Field in 2013.
If Johnny can lead the Aggies past the Crimson Tide at home on September 14, his squad should arrive in Oxford 5-0 and ranked near No. 1. The Rebels will be out to avenge last season's loss, but Ole Miss will also be looking forward to a home tilt with LSU the very next Saturday.
Nevertheless, Ole Miss will have already faced both Texas and Alabama on the road. Freeze and the Rebs will be ready for the big stage, but will they be able to contain Sumlin's explosive offense this time around?
Look for fireworks coming from Mississippi on October 12.