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SEC Powers Collide As LSU Hosts Johnny Manziel And Texas A&M

Posted by Stan Simmons on 2/4/2014 5:05:56 AM

The LSU Tigers dropped a close one to the Alabama Crimson Tide the other week, but now they must be ready to play this weekend as the Texas A&M Aggies are coming to town. Johnny Manziel will be a tough gameplan for Les Miles and the LSU defense, but that’s just fine as the Heisman candidate is one of the most successful college quarterbacks of all time. LSU however has their own pro-caliber quarterback under center who can put points on the board and will provide to be a problem for the Aggies defense.

Texas A&M @ LSU Tigers

Odds: LSU -4

What To Watch For From The LSU Tigers

Although ranked lower in the AP top 25 poll than the Aggies, LSU surprisingly comes into this game with sports books expecting them to win, hence the four point spread. This is obviously doable for a Tigers team that scores nearly 40 points per game, and has a quarterback in Zach Mettenberger who is completing 66% of his passes and has 20 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Although he isn’t the playmaker that Manziel is, Mettenberger has a huge arm and is surrounded by talent at wide receiver. Odell Beckham is the most threatening receiver the Tigers have, but opposite him is Jarvis Landry, a junior who leads the team with 63 receptions. Their running game is of a ground and pound style, so expect the Aggies defense to get worn down as the game progresses.

What To Watch For From The Texas A&M Aggies

We’ve all heard of the Aggies offense that features the playmaking Manziel and ultra-talented wide receiver Mike Evans, but it will be the Aggies defense that plays a crucial role in their chances of emerging victorious. Throughout the year the defense has failed to shut down opponents, and it can be reasonably argued that the only reason A&M has two losses is because of how bad their defense is. The offense will try and outperform that of the Tigers as this game could very well be the deciding factor in Manziel’s hopes to repeat as the Heisman champion. He already produced against the number one team in the country, but now he will be going up against another defensive minded coach, and will likely still leave with a hoard of touchdowns and total yards.

Outlook

This game will be far from a defensive battle as the Aggies simply don’t have a good unit, and Manziel will dismantle the LSU defense relatively quick. This will be a high scoring affair that will likely come down to a key stop late, which is something that will likely come from the A&M side of the ball. No defense this year has contained Manziel, and I don’t expect a declining LSU unit to magically do it when Alabama couldn’t. For that reason, I expect A&M to leave victorious, and LSU to further continue their decline down the SEC standings.

Pick: Texas A&M

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