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

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 24, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 14:  Johnny Manziel #2 of Texas A&M Aggies drops back to pass during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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After taking down Georgia last weekend, Vanderbilt is hoping for another huge upset on Saturday against Texas A&M. 

The Commodores beat the Bulldogs 31-27 to improve to 4-3 on the season. Given this team's propensity for playing tough against top competition, the win wasn't as surprising as it could have been.

Vanderbilt came close to beating South Carolina earlier this year too, but it won't be easy to win against the Aggies at College Station. 

Texas A&M is smarting from a shocking loss at home to Auburn last Saturday. Johnny Manziel was banged up in the game and was forced to the sideline for a while before making his return, but the Aggies fell short of the victory thanks to a superb performance by Nick Marshall. 

Thankfully, Manziel appears to be healthy enough to play on Saturday, as noted by Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports:

With a record of 5-2, the Aggies are another loss or two away from missing out on one of the big bowl games in January. Needless to say, this team will be focused for the upcoming game, as will its fans, who will rock the house at College Station. 

 

Sep 14, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies fans yell against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports
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When: Saturday, Oct. 26, at 12:21 p.m. ET

Where: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas

Watch: ESPN 3

Betting Lines (via Covers) 

  • Over/Under: 70.5 pts.
  • Spread: Texas A&M (-18)

 

Vanderbilt Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Austyn Carta-SamuelsQBQues Sat - Knee - 10/21/13
Andrew BridgesOLQues Sat - Undisclosed - 10/21/13

 

Texas A&M Injury Report (via USA Today)

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Johnny ManzielQBQues Sat - Arm - 10/20/13
Cody JohnsonLBQues Sat - Ankle - 10/20/13
Kirby EnnisDLOut for season - Knee - 10/8/13
Ricky Seals-JonesWROut indefinitely - Knee - 9/21/13

 

 

Can Vandy Pull Off Another Upset?

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Vanderbilt's defense played like it was Alabama last weekend against Georgia.

Aaron Murray was held to just 114 yards passing, throwing zero touchdowns and an interception, and Georgia's offense totaled a mere 221 yards. The Commodores forced three turnovers and allowed just four of 14 third-down conversions.

It was complete domination, and Vandy needs another performance just like it to come away with its second straight major upset.

Provided Manziel plays, this won't be an easy task, however. 

He totaled 502 yards and five touchdowns last weekend against Auburn, and his ability to escape pressure differentiates him from pocket passers like Murray, who was abused last weekend by Vanderbilt's defensive front. 

Receiver Mike Evans is also a tough man for Vanderbilt to defend. He caught all four of Manziel's four touchdown passes last Saturday, and his size/speed combination is incredibly difficult to defend against. 

 

Prediction

Jan 04, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates scoring a touchdown with offensive linesman Luke Joeckel (76) during the game against the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2013 Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. Texas A&M w
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Manziel is simply too dynamic to be shut down by the Commodores.

Vanderbilt doesn't have an offense that can keep up with the Aggies in a track meet, and Vandy's defense will not be able to contain Evans on the back end. 

Both of Texas A&M's losses this year have come against Top-25 teams (Alabama and Auburn), and the Aggies lost those two games by a combined total of 11 points. 

The Commodores are outmatched in every way, and nobody should be surprised if Texas A&M wins by three touchdowns or more. 

 

Final Score 

Texas A&M wins 50-31

 

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