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Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
The status of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was up in the air up until game week, after reports surfaced that he allegedly was paid for autographs, per Outside the Lines (via ESPN.com's Darren Rovell and Justine Gubar).
According to Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com, Manziel will serve a half-game suspension in the opener versus Rice, and will suit up for the rest of the season for the Aggies.
A&M's offense is going to look much different in 2013, thanks to a four-headed stable of running backs in Ben Malena, Brandon Williams, Trey Williams and Tra Carson—all of whom excel in different areas.
Toss in a wide receiving corps that features 6'5" Mike Evans (1,105 yards, five TDs), 6'5" Ricky Seals-Jones and 6'3" JaQuay Williams, and Manziel—or whoever takes the snaps—has options.
Simply put, Manziel shouldn't have to rush for 1,410 yards this year.
The front seven is full of holes, but linebackers Steven Jenkins and Donnie Baggs, and defensive tackle Julien Obioha are good enough to put pressure on an offense. If that translates to turnovers, that's all the Aggies need with the offense they have.
A&M will spring an upset on Alabama, but also stumble against LSU in Death Valley and to Ole Miss in Oxford. The latter will cause them to lose the third-place tiebreaker to the Rebels.
Prediction: 10-2 (6-2, SEC)