Opponent First Look: Texas A&M

We take an early look at Auburn's opponent this Saturday, the Texas A&M Aggies.

Auburn (1-6, 0-4) squares off against #21 Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2) Saturday night at 6 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game can be seen on ESPNU. Taking its first trip to Auburn in its first year in the Southeastern Conference, Texas A&M brings in a talented team on both sides of the ball as the Tigers need a win to break a four-game losing streak.

Johnny Football Does It All

A redshirt freshman quarterback who earned the starting job for the Aggies in August, Johnny Manziel has been the biggest surprise on offense in the SEC this season. Competing 63.8 percent of his passes for 1,956 yards and 14 touchdowns with six interceptions, Manziel has been a dangerous weapon for the Aggies this season throwing the football.

It's with his legs however that Manziel's impact is felt the most. Averaging 100.4 yards per game on the ground with 10 rushing touchdowns, Johnny Football is one of the country's biggest weapons and will be a tough challenge for Auburn's defense Saturday night.

Dominating Defensive Lineman

As good as Manziel has been for Texas A&M this season, he may not even be the best player on the Aggies' team this season. That honor could go to defensive end Damontre Moore. A 6-4, 250 junior, Moore entered the 2012 season with 14 career sacks and has become a dominant force for the Wrecking Crew this year. In seven games Moore leads the SEC with nine and a half sacks and 17 tackles for losses. He also leads Texas A&M with 62 total tackles.

Damontre Moore

Dominant Running Game

Known for his prolific passing offenses at Houston, first-year Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin has shown that he's willing to run the football in the SEC. Leading the league in rushing yards per game at 221.3, the Aggies have plenty of firepower on the ground in addition to Manziel. Speedy Ben Malena is second on the team in rushing at 66 yards per game and has added four touchdowns on the ground. The power comes from Christine Michael, averaging 32.7 yards per game with five total touchdowns.

First Half Fireworks

Auburn's struggles in the fourth quarter have been well documented this season, but the Tigers must keep this one within striking distance for the fourth quarter to mean something this Saturday night. This season the Aggies have scored 181 points (25.85) in the first half alone while the opposition has scored just 74. To put the offensive output into perspective, Texas A&M has scored 71 more points in the first half than Auburn has scored the entire year.


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