This Saturday is the biggest game of the year for the Aggies. While Alabama and Auburn were both huge games for the Fighting Texas Aggies, the matchup with Louisiana State has Bowl Championship Series implications. If the Aggies come out of Death Valley with a victory they will be in the driver’s seat in their hunt for a BCS berth. Once again they will need some help from Alabama in their Iron Bowl matchup. The Aggies will be in need of a Tide victory in hopes that Auburn will fall in the rankings.
Manziel will be facing a tough defense in the LSU Tigers during the SEC Game of the Week. This defense gives up an average of 153 yards through the air per game. They have only allowed 14 touchdowns passing but they have only picked off the opposing quarterback seven times. These aren’t your usual Tigers’ defense. They lack that ball hawk that has prowled in the secondary in recent years.
Even though they haven’t had the success with creating interceptions, the Tigers have only given up more than 298 yards twice this season. Aaron Murray and Bo Wallace are the only quarterbacks to pull that off. They combined for 644 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. They do average 2.1 sacks per game. There isn’t just one defender racking up the sack totals. Jalen Mills, Anthony Johnson and Jermauria Rasco each have three a piece.
Most feel as though Alabama has a much better defense than the Tigers. With that said, Manziel has had no issue torching that defense two years in a row. This season he had 562 total yards (464 passing, 98 rushing) with five scores against them. Expect a big game from Manziel, he is averaging 331 yards per game, 3.1 touchdowns and 1.1 interceptions per game. His rushing numbers are down this year, however I wouldn’t put it past him to run on this defense.