Auburn vs. Texas A&M: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Donald WoodFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 23, 2017

COLLEGE STATION, TX - AUGUST 31:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies waits near the bench during the second quarter of the game against the Rice Owls at Kyle Field on August 31, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The Southeastern Conference is one of the most decorated in all of college football, and this week will feature a marquee matchup between No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 24 Auburn.

The battle of ranked SEC West foes has the potential to be the best of Week 8. This game is a must-win for both the Aggies and the Tigers, as each already has a hard-fought loss on its record.

This matchup has the potential to be the best show on turf, with the general focus on Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel, as he tries to repeat as Heisman Trophy winner on the nationally televised stage.

 

When: Saturday, Oct. 19, at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: SEC Live

Radio: Free Football Radio

Betting Line (via Covers)

Over/Under: 70, Spread: Texas A&M (-13.5)

 

Oct 12, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; An Auburn Tigers cheerleader waves a flag after a touchdown during the second half against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Jordan Hare Stadium. The Tigers defeated the Catamounts 62-3. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-US
Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn Injuries (via USA Today)

Jaylon DensonWROutKnee
Demetruce McNealSOutLegal/disciplinary
Jeffrey WhitakerDTOutKnee
Craig SandersDLQuestionableAnkle
Justin GarrettLBQuestionableUndisclosed
Keymiya HarrellDLQuestionableKnee
Jonathan JonesCBQuestionableFoot
Nick MarshallQBProbableKnee
Montavius AdamsDLProbableKnee
C.J. UzomahWRProbableLeg

 

Texas A&M Injuries (via USA Today)

Kirby EnnisDTOutKnee
Ricky Seals-JonesWROutKnee
Deshazor EverettCBQuestionableLeg
Cody JohnsonLBQuestionableAnkle

 

Top Storyline: Johnny Football’s Performance

The biggest key to success for the Aggies will be the performance of sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel. As the defending Heisman Trophy winner and one of the best dual-threat players in the nation, Texas A&M needs Manziel to shine in order to steal the win.

The Aggies boast the fourth-best offensive unit in the nation—averaging 47.8 points per game—and that is because of the play of Manziel. With 1,835 yards passing and 14 touchdowns through the air combined with another 438 yards rushing and five touchdowns on the ground this season, the play-making sophomore has been the heart of the Texas A&M offensive unit.

Manziel and his teammates will run into a stingy Auburn defense. Allowing an average of just 18.8 points per game to rank No. 21 in the nation in that departments, the Tigers’ defensive unit will be the toughest test for Texas A&M since its loss to Alabama earlier this year.

Just as LSU hung 35 points on Auburn, though, Texas A&M will utterly dominate its SEC foe.

 

Oct 27, 2012; Auburn, AL, USA: Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin questions an official during the first half against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  The Aggies beat the Tigers 63-21.  Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Prediction

Auburn deserves immense credit for turning its program around over the past two seasons and the Tigers are being rewarded with solid play on the field. Unfortunately for the Auburn faithful, Texas A&M is just too strong.

Auburn’s offense may boast the seventh-best rushing attack in the nation (287 yards per game), but its 103rd-ranked passing attack of 187.2 yards per game will allow the Aggies to stack the box and stifle the run.

Texas A&M’s offense—led by Manziel, who is sixth in passing yards (361.8 yards per game) and 20th in rushing yards (224.7 yards per game)—will push the Tigers defense to its limit and beyond.

If you love one of these two teams or just enjoy SEC football, this will be a high-scoring battle that steals the show as the best matchup of Week 8.

Score: Texas A&M 48, Auburn 34

 

All stats via ESPN.