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What if you were placed where you are to make a difference, to bring hope, to encourage, to help a person to improve? Know this, you were! – Coach Hugh Freeze
Ole Miss will host the Texas A&M Aggies as a 6 point-underdog in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday night. Texas A&M was off this past week while the Rebels were in Jordan-Haire Stadium battling wit the Auburn Tigers. We know what happened there, so much inconsistency on the offensive side of the ball and the Landshark defense could not key in on the read-option attack. But what you may not remember, is that two weeks ago Johnny Football and the Aggies went into Fayetteville against the Razorbacks and pulled away not until late in the 4th quarter. A year ago, Ole Miss had the Aggies all but beat, only to allow a big scramble and an even bigger throw from Johnny Football to Ryan Swope to get the game literally taken away. There is a reason for optimism in the rematch this season, as we will break down the expectations for the Rebel squad as they attempt to get the losing taste out of their mouths.
Ole Miss 3-2 (1-2) @ Texas A&M 4-1 (1-1)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium; Jerry Hollingsworth Field
Series: Texas A&M leads 5-0, A&M won the last meeting 30-27.
What to Expect?
Not sure that you can expect much less than a track meet in the offensive rematch. Johnny Football as we know can score early, and can score as often as he wants to under most circumstances. However, to my knowledge Manziel does not play on the defensive side of the ball where the Aggies are needing the most help, particularly from the secondary.
Expect Ole Miss to try and get Bo Wallace back in a rhythm and establish some sort of running game before opening the passing game back up to Laquon Treadwell and Donte Moncrief. There are no excuses that this offense should not be able to score, as even Arkansas was able to exploit the second level of Texas A&M nearly all game, mostly on the ground.
Defensively, it is all about stopping the motor that carries that offense which none other than Johnny Manziel. He is not afraid to throw his passing progressions out the window and scramble for big gainer at any moment. Ole Miss has been simulating this in practice to the best of Anthony Alford’s ability, and Mike Hilton has been working hard with this and will be responsible for spying Johnny Manziel to limit what he gets with his feet. An important thing to remember in this game, as we found out last year as well, you can not stop Johnny Football, but he will need to be somewhat contained to have a chance to win this game.
Score early and as often as possible, and get penetration on Johnny Manziel to make him throw the ball. He has an excellent weapon in Mike Evans, but I expect to see our best cover corner limiting his touches.
Let us know your prediction and any comments about this game as Ole Miss looks to upset the no. 9 team in the land.
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