Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss: Aggies Defense Will Dominate Thanks to Johnny Manziel

Michael TaglientiFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2013

HOUSTON, TX- SEPTEMBER 21: Johnny Manziel #2 hands the ball off to Brandon Williams #5 of the Texas A&M Aggies against Southern Methodist Mustangs in the second half on September 21, 2013 at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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The No. 9 ranked Texas A&M football team will play the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford on Saturday night. The Aggies' defense will be prepared to dominate the Rebels because of their experience practicing against Johnny Manziel and the Aggie offense every day. 

Both Texas A&M and Ole Miss run a hurry-up spread offense. The Aggies feature one of the best offenses in the nation, averaging 586 yards per game. 

The Texas A&M defense has been practicing against that offense since the beginning of August. They have become accustomed to squaring off against the best football player in the country. 

The Rebels were shut out by Alabama, then lost on the road at Auburn. They enter the game with a 3-2 record and a 1-2 record in the conference. Ole Miss needs to win this game in order to stay relevant in the SEC West

The Aggies are 4-1 overall and 1-1 in conference. They need to beat Ole Miss in order to stay in contention for the SEC West title. 

Ole Miss has a very good offense that averages 427 yards and 27 points per game. Their offense is led by quarterback Bo Wallace who averages 251 total yards per game. 

Wallace is a solid college quarterback who is a threat with his arm and his legs. The Rebels use him effectively to run the ball out of the zone-read in their offense. 

The Rebels also use senior quarterback Barry Brunetti as a running threat in their offense. They use him a lot in a wildcat formation and as a change of pace from Wallace. 

Brunetti is the Rebels second leading rusher with 145 yards on the season. He is tied for the team lead with three rushing touchdowns. 

If you added up Wallace's and Brunetti's numbers they would still not equal the 360 total yards of offense per game that Manziel produces. The Aggie defense has faced off against the most dynamic offensive playmaker in the country in practice every day.

Manziel is the most explosive offensive player in the country. He is capable of putting up huge offensive numbers against the top defenses in the nation.

Brunetti a very good runner, and Wallace is a solid passer, but they do not measure up to Manziel. The Texas A&M defense will not face a playmaker the caliber of Manziel in 2013 unless they play Ohio State, Clemson or Oregon in a bowl game.

The Texas A&M defense has struggled in 2013 as they have tried to overcome injuries and suspensions. The defensive coaches have put the right players in the right places with Darian Claiborne at middle linebacker and Deshazor Everett at free safety.

Claiborne already ranks third on the team in tackles with 26, despite the fact that he has only started one game out of the first five. Everett is the Aggies best defensive player. He is second on the team with 31 tackles and leads the team with two interceptions.  

The Aggie defense has allowed an average of 476 yards per game. They will improve as they continue to get more experience playing with each other.  

They will be prepared to shut down the Ole Miss offense because they face a better offense than the Rebels every day in practice.