Texas A&M managed to thrive despite playing 12 straight weeks in 2012 but has gotten the luxury of a bye week this season.
The ninth-ranked Aggies are hoping that time off will aid their defense and help the program match its longest win streak away from home Saturday night against slumping Mississippi.
Texas A&M was forced to forgo its bye week last season after its opening game was postponed because of Hurricane Issac. The Aggies emerged from that gauntlet with 11 wins - their most since 1998 - and Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.
"This year is a lot different," coach Kevin Sumlin said. "Five games in, we've got some guys limping around. We've got some guys we need to get healthy for the next stretch of games."
Manziel has the Aggies' offense humming once again, ranking in the top five in the FBS with 49.2 points and 586.4 yards per game. That's helped Texas A&M (4-1, 1-1 SEC) outpace most of its opponents.
The Aggies are giving ...