On Friday, ESPN First Take proposed a scenario where Johnny Manziel sits out the rest of the year to heal his injuries. Skip Bayless vehemently believes that Johnny should sit out without hesitation. However, if it’s up to Johnny Manziel, he will be out there on the field against Vanderbilt. While it looks like he is cleared to play, we will know for sure when the Aggies take that first offensive snap. Texas A&M is a 17 point favorite.
Vanderbilt vs. Texas A&M
When: Saturday, October 26, 12:21 p.m.
Where: Kyle Field
The Vanderbilt Commodores are the next team up to gash the Aggies’ defense. They finally took down Georgia in an improbable fourth quarter comeback, and now they are looking to make moves in the SEC. The Commodores have shown no quit all year long. Ironically, it was the loss to Missouri that had us question the skill of Vanderbilt this season.
The Aggies aren’t the only team with quarterback trouble. Austyn Carta-Samuels is not going to be in the lineup but Patton Robinette is ready to take the reigns for Vanderbilt. If he is on point, Vanderbilt should have a field day on the offensive end. Jordan Matthews has 798 yards receiving. What are the chances that he goes for over 200 yards on Saturday? Wesley Tate and Jerron Seymour should have plenty of running lanes as well. There’s nothing Texas A&M can do to stop the run.
Defensively, Vanderbilt might have some problems with the Aggies. For the most part Texas A&M has been unstoppable, but you can turn them over a couple times a game. That’s pretty much the only way to slow down this juggernaut. Vanderbilt’s pass defense might get shredded throughout the game. They haven’t seen the likes of Mike Evans. Still, they must find away to control his big plays. Pressuring Manziel with the front four might be the way to get the job done.
The Aggies average 377 yards per game. That’s only the passing attack. They also put up over 200 yards with the ground game. With Johnny Manziel in the lineup, the Aggies score at least 40 points like clockwork. If you haven’t seen Mike Evans, you might be missing the best receiver in the nation.
Defensively, Texas A&M is more than disappointing. They haven’t made any significant plays this season. Last week, the defense had a perfect opportunity to stop the Auburn offense, and they couldn’t come up with the crucial stop. If they are going to win, the players need to tackle better and actually be in the correct position. If the Aggies were adequate, they’d be a national championship contender. To beat Vanderbilt, they’ll have to rise up to the occasion.
Texas A&M had their best defensive performance after the loss to Alabama. Will the loss to Auburn bring out another worthy effort. Vanderbilt is on the other end of the spectrum after winning a nail biter. It will difficult to pull off another one two weeks in a row.
Texas A&M 42