No. 7 Texas Aggies face No. 24 Auburn Tigers in College Station, Tx. on Oct. 19, 2013
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Tickets: Texas A&M football tickets
LINE: Texas A&M -13.5, Total 72.5
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Radio: TAMU Sports Network
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Game-Time Weather: 65° Clear HUMIDITY: 47% PRECIP: 0% WIND: N at 14 mph
A&M leads the Series 3-0 (Last meeting: 2012: TAMU 63, at Auburn 21)
Auburn visits the Texas Aggies inside Kyle Field for the first time since 1911, having met only three previous times. The most recent was last season when A&M opened a 3-game SEC road trip with its first visit to Jordan-Hare. On its way to their fifth consecutive loss, the Tigers surrendered two touchdown passes and a rushing TD to A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the first quarter, and the historic rout was on. The Aggies led 28-0 before Auburn was able to earn a first down.
The Aggies were up 42-7 at the half and Manziel already had 300 yards of offense. The Auburn defense allowed 260 passing yards, 90 rushing and five touchdowns to the redshirt freshman before backup Jameill Showers came in to finish up. Trey Williams also added 109 yards on the ground as the Aggies compiled 671 total yards overall and 34 first downs.
The resulting 1-7 start was Auburn’s worst in history and their 276.7 yards averaged per game ranked next to last in the FBS. They gained approximately half the yards A&M had in the game with 335, and only 124 of them were on the ground.
All that has changed in 2013 as the Tigers are averaging 287 yards in rushing alone, ranking seventh in the country, and gained over 500 in last week’s 62-3 victory over West Carolina.
The Tigers will play their second road game of the season and both have been against Top 10 opponents, with the other being the LSU Tigers who were 17-point favorites. Auburn’s only loss of the year was suffered in Death Valley by a 35-21 score. Auburn has lost ten of it last twelve road games while A&M has dropped three of its five SEC home games. The Aggies are 28-26 in all conference games at Kyle Field since the 2000 season.
Auburn is giving up less than 400 yards a game this season and is ranked 20th in points allowed at 18.8. Their defense has been clutch late in games and has helped the team win several close ones by eight points or fewer.
Offensively, the quarterback who beat Ole Miss, Nick Marshall, sat out last week’s game with a strained knee. He is expected to start and is an expert with the Zone Read. Stopping this single play will be the key to the effectiveness of the much-maligned A&M defense and go a long way in determining the winner of this game.
If the Aggies can break loose for 40-plus points for the tenth game in a row, what they do on defense may make no difference. With a win here, the Aggies will likely elevate to a Top 5 team in next week’s rankings. The prediction here is Texas A&M wins by 8 points, 45-37.
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