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
Live Stream: SEC Live
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via Covers)
Over/Under: 70, Spread: Texas A&M (-13.5)
Auburn Injuries (via USA Today)
Texas A&M Injuries (via USA Today)
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.
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.