Heisman candidate Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M take on Arkansas on Saturday in Fayetteville, looking to improve to 4-1 on the young season.
Manziel has been fantastic thus far, racking up over 1,200 yards passing with 12 touchdowns to four interceptions while also running for 255 yards and three touchdowns.
After losing a 49-42 thriller to No. 1 Alabama in Week 3, the Aggies bounced back in Week 4, defeating SMU, 42-13. Manziel tossed for 244 yards with one touchdown to one interception while also scampering for 102 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
As for Arkansas (3-1), the Razorbacks are coming off their first loss of the season. In the 28-24 loss to Rutgers, Arkansas allowed Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova to toss for 346 yards with three touchdowns to one interception. The Razorbacks were also held to 283 total yards of offense.
Will Arkansas pull off a shocker against Texas A&M on Saturday in Fayettevile?
*Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Razorback Stadium, Fayettevile, AR
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Betting Line (via VegasInsider.com): Texas A&M -3
Texas A&M Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: WR Ricky Seals-Jones (Knee), Floyd Raven Sr. (Collarbone)
Arkansas Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: WR D'Arthur Cowan (Foot), TE Austin Tate (Shoulder)
Questionable: CB Jared Collins (Head), QB Brandon Allen (Shoulder)
Top Storyline: Texas A&M Must Avoid Trap Game in Fayettevile
By almost all accounts, this should be another victory for Texas A&M. The Aggies are ranked 10th in the country, Alabama had to score 49 points to beat them and they defeated Arkansas last year in College Station, 58-10.
But Arkansas—complete with new head coach Bret Bielema—is a better team this year. The Razorbacks need one more win to match their win total from 2012. And they lost by just seven points against LSU to close out the 2012 campaign last year in Fayetteville. They shouldn't be taken lightly.
Arkansas receivers coach Michael Smith said ahead of the SEC clash, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:
The great thing is that we've got an opportunity, a great challenge in front of us. You've got the (No. 10) team coming into your backyard...It's an opportunity for our kids to go out and show that they've matured and that they know how to handle a loss.
If A&M's defense plays more like it did in the first three weeks of the season than it did against SMU, Arkansas has a shot, especially if quarterback Brandon Allen is healthy enough to start.
This is A&M's first road game of the 2013 campaign.
Prediction: Texas A&M 38, Arkansas 24
Who will win on Saturday?
Texas A&M may only have a three-point spread in this game, but I'm not buying that it will be that close.
The Razorbacks may be better this season, but that didn't stop them from blowing a 17-point lead against Rutgers last week.
Arkansas also doesn't have the offense to keep up with Manziel and Co. The Razorbacks' biggest output of the season is 34 points, and that came against Louisiana-Lafayette.
I also think moving Deshazor Everett to safety against SMU was a smart move by the Aggies. Everett returned a fumble for a touchdown in that game, proving his playmaking ability, and he helps limit big plays on the back end.