Nov 23, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Texas A

The Pregame: Johnny Football Comes to Town to Try to Ruin Missouri's SEC Dreams



Time: 6:45 p.m.


Radio: 980 AM

History: A&M leads series 8-5

Line: Mizzou, -4.5



1. Running Game

Texas A&M is allowing an SEC worst 221 yards rushing per game and 5.3 yards per carry. There is a small chance Missouri could win this game by never passing the ball. To some degree that is how Alabama beat A&M in College Station earlier in the year.

2. Contain

Keeping Johnny Manziel in the pocket and forcing him to make all of the plays in the air is the best way to slow down A&M’s offense. Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans are going to put up big numbers no matter what, but the more Manziel has to make downfield throws, the more likely Missouri’s secondary is going to get the turnovers they need to beat A&M.

3. Michael Sam

The SEC’s sack leader, Sam can get the pressure on Manziel that is necessary for the Tigers to slow down the Aggies. Manziel is the most elusive quarterback he’s played all season, so bringing him down won’t be easy.


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1. Defense

Texas A&M has one of the worst, if not the worst, defense of all the BCS teams. They can’t get to the quarterback (17 sacks all season), cannot stop the run (last in the SEC), cannot defend in the red zone (30 TDs allowed, 13th in SEC), and are 12th in passing defense.

2. Johnny Football (Johnny Manziel)

Manziel has led A&M’s offense to 45.6 points per game and within a few plays of an undefeated season. If A&M had any defense whatsoever they would be the number one team in college football.

3. Mike Evans

J. Football gets all the attention, but Mike Evans may be the best NFL prospect. At 6-5, 225 pounds, Evan is averaging 21.5 yards per reception and has 12 touchdowns. Evans has been clocked as low as 4.47 in the 40-yard dash which he uses to enhance his tremendous size. He’s incredibly difficult to cover and is Manziel’s favorite target.


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