Following the Aggies' unforeseen 11-2 finish last season—capped-off by a dominant Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma—Texas A&M has reloaded with the intention of building upon last year's results. And it all starts Saturday against former Southwest Conference rival Rice.
The Owls enter the hostile environment of Kyle Field fresh off last season's five game win-streak, which concluded with an unprecedented bowl victory over Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
However, all focus will be on A&M superstar and defending Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who received a half-game suspension on Wednesday following an agreement between the university and the NCAA to end the investigation regarding the alleged autograph scandal swirling around the 20-year-old (h/t ESPN.com).
As for the game, though, here's all you need to know:
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Place: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
Radio: Texas A&M Sports Network
Spread: Texas A&M by 27-28 points, per vegasinsider.com
*Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand