Johnny Manziel Will Deliver Another Explosive Performance vs. SMU

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 14:  Johnny Manziel #2 of Texas A&M Aggies drops back to pass during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Fuming off a costly loss to Alabama last weekend, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will pad his stats and light up the scoreboard for the No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies and lead them to a bounce-back victory over SMU on Saturday night.

Johnny Football and company will host the unranked Mustangs at Kyle Field in College Station in Week 4, just seven days after their national championship hopes took a major hit following a 49-42 loss to the two-time defending champions.

But don't expect Manziel to be sulking on the sideline for four quarters on Saturday.

Watch for the polarizing sophomore to instead turn out a 400-plus-yard, four-touchdown performance for the third straight week. After all, Manziel found himself in a nearly identical situation a year ago coming off a narrow home loss to Florida in September.

Manziel's stat line against SMU the very next week was video game-like: 20-of-36, 294 yards, four touchdowns, 13 carries, 124 yards and two touchdowns.

The Aggies would win 48-3 on the road.

This time around, Manziel is one week removed from a 562-yard, five-touchdown performance against Nick Saban's vaunted Crimson Tide defense. So imagine what he has in store for the nation's 83rd-ranked defense on Saturday.

Sure, SMU has had a bye week to prepare for Manziel and A&M's diverse attack, but that doesn't mean the Mustangs' game plan will work. Even one of the top defensive minds in all of college football, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, had no answer for Manziel's magic. 

Like Saban, Smart was left shaking his head every time Manziel escaped the pocket or completed one of his 28 passes. 

What's even more encouraging for Manziel this week is the fact that SMU's defense has surrendered an average of over 419 yards of offense to Texas Tech and Montana State at home. And when it comes to scoring defense, the Mustangs are even worse, ranking 105th in the country and allowing over 35 points per game.

Whether he's chucking the ball deep to star receiver Mike Evans or hanging onto it and running it up and down the field by himself, Manziel will find yards and points very easy to come by against SMU.

The BCS National Championship Game may be out of reach for Johnny Football after last week's slip-up against Alabama. But a second Heisman Trophy is still well within reach, especially with SMU stepping onto Kyle Field on Saturday night.


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