While Johnny Manziel can't be blamed for last week's loss to the nation's No. 1 team, the Texas A&M defense certainly could be.
It would be hard to imagine either having a tough time Saturday night with a major drop-off in competition, a visiting SMU team the 10th-ranked Aggies have dominated the past two years.
This is the same opponent against which Manziel got his first victory with a breakout performance, throwing for 294 yards and rushing for 124 while totaling six touchdowns in a 48-3 road win last Sept. 15. A year earlier without him, Texas A&M (2-1) rolled to a 46-14 home victory over SMU (1-1).
It seems likely the Aggies will have another big day offensively against the Mustangs, who return from their bye week after surrendering averages of 35.5 points and 419.5 yards to Texas Tech and Montana State.
Then again, the Texas A&M defense hasn't been any better, giving up 36.0 points and 489.0 yards per game. The first two games came against inferior foes - Rice ...