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During A&M's Tuesday press conference, head coach Kevin Sumlin spoke on Auburn's season so far, comparing its success to A&M's from last season.
"They're 5-1," Sumlin said. "They're ranked 24th in the country. They're very different from the team we played last year. They've got a lot of energy. In some respects, it's a lot like where we were last year. They've got a new coach. They've got new players. They're playing with a lot of confidence. Gus (Malzahn) does a great job schematically. They're playing very well. They've played some close games and gained some confidence. It might be a lot of the same guys, but it's a completely different football team from an attitude standpoint. That shows up, not only in their record, but in their approach as well."
Meanwhile, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Aggies star quarterback Johnny Manziel was one of the two best players to ever take the field, along with former Auburn Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton.
"I would say probably those two are probably two of the best that ever played the game in college football," Malzahn said. "We only got to see Cam Newton for one year, but this guy, he's in the same element. They're different but they're still some of the best to ever play."
A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder said the Auburn offense runs a very similar style to Ole Miss, and the familiarity will give A&M an advantage when going over tape of the win in Oxford last week.
"It's a very similar offense to what Ole Miss ran," Snyder said. "Gus Malzahn probably has a few more things that Hugh Freeze didn't have in their system and scheme, but it is exactly the same thing. I think those guys are pretty tight. It's kind of like the Leach-Sumlin tree. Obviously Auburn's looking at the film and knowing how they want to attack us. Where we are at right now, I don't think there is any doubt that having some carryover going out to practice and seeing some of the same things definitely helps us. It is going to give them a bit of an advantage, too, when they look at us and what we did well and what we didn't do well."