No. 9 Texas Aggies face Ole Miss in Oxford on Oct. 12, 2013
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
LINE: Texas A&M -6, Total 78.5
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Radio: TAMU Sports Network
Sat Radio Sirius 91 – XM 91
Stats: Live Stats
Game-Time Weather: 71° Isolated T-Storms HUMIDITY: 81% PRECIP: 30% WIND: NNW at 3 mph
A&M leads the Series 5-0 (Last meeting: 2012: TAMU 30, at Ole Miss 27)
Much has been said about the odds-makers posting Texas A&M as a 6-point favorite in their second trip in as many years to Oxford, Mississippi. The Aggies are such a good road team that a higher spread seems logical as they go for their tenth straight victory away from Kyle Field. Some think that a team of A&M’s caliber should minimally be the same 12-point favorite it was last season. Ole Miss, however, is an improved football team. Last year the Rebels went into Tuscaloosa a 28-point underdog yet this year Alabama was only favored by 14. The reason is simple; there’s talent on this football team.
Ole Miss has lost two straight, both on the road in the state of Alabama, and perhaps the Sharps believe the home cooking inside the Grove will be more to their liking. The Rebels are undoubtedly still stinging, not only from their defeats at Auburn and No. 1 Alabama, but by having a 27-17 lead with only seven minutes to play in last year’s A&M game…and losing.
With the Aggies pinned on their own one yard-line facing a third and nineteen, Johnny Manziel (an unknown quantity in these parts then) threw deep down the right sideline to freshman Mike Evans. Evans reached over the helmet of a pursuer who was chasing him from behind and made an unbelievable catch, and the rout was on. This was the exact moment the legend of Johnny Football began — and the Rebels are none too pleased about it. In fact, this is the only time in which Johnny has ever brought his Aggies back to win a football game in the closing minutes.
The Total for the matchup is around 78, whereas last year it was set at 64. That’s a two-touchdown difference based primarily on the inability of A&M’s defense to stop anyone consistently. Injuries and suspensions have stunted the growth of this young unit and Ole Miss is not a team you want to be experimenting with.
The Rebels are too explosive at the receiver and running back positions to make any mistakes in the front six or nickel coverages defensively. While Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace has had trouble recently making correct decisions on his hand-off reads, he is certainly capable of getting the ball into his speedy receivers’ hands from any distance.
Look for the score to be substantial, somewhere in the numbers of a Baylor or an Oregon game, but not as one-sided. The Rebels will put the ball in the end zone, something they were unable to do at Alabama. Texas A&M won’t run on Ole Miss with their running backs like they did in Arkansas, but they’ll still click along and move the chains. If the Rebels do fall behind, don’t be surprised to see the true freshman out of Dallas Skyline High School, Devante Kincade, take off the redshirt.
The Rebel offense requires a true dual-threat who can motor. The Ole Miss coaches, should they recognize the need to choose between keeping their offensive scheme or their QB, may decide to go with a new QB. The Zone Read and Read Option require a jackrabbit at the controls — and Kincade will provide them with instant energy. This offense is not easy to execute and the quarterback has taken a pounding the last two weeks.
If all goes well and Wallace gets the feel back for the running game along with his swagger, the Rebels’ passing game is a given. The prediction here says the Aggies will break 40 for the ninth straight time and take the Rebels, 49-38.
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