|Auburn will soar against the Aggies|
Who: Texas A & M Aggies
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium
When: November 8th, 2014
The last time Texas A & M came to Jordan-Hare Stadium, there was a monumental beat down. The host Tigers were handed their hats in an unceremonious fashion. The worst home defeat by an Auburn team ever.
Johnny Manziel and his high powered offense scored three TD's in each quarter of the opening half, and crushed our boys in Blue by a score of 63 - 21. I sat thru the entire game, watching the stands empty out at halftime. My heart was broken. I knew, without any doubt after this performance that Gene Chizik was going to be fired at season's end. This loss was so epic, many thought Jay Jacobs, the Auburn Athletic Director, would fire Chizik that week.
The lone bright spot was watching Jonathan Wallace, C. J. Uzomah and the rest of the offense keep working to get scores. A by product of their former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, I'm sure. The current O.C. wasn't getting the job done. The next few weeks were to be the proof of this.
This time however, things will be much different. Auburn turned things around like no other team in college football history in 2013, and Johnny Manziel is a problem for the NFL, now. In 2014, the Aggies are looking to come into JHS and upset the Tigers. Spoiler Alert: It ain't gonna happen!
Let not your mind deceive you, Kevin Sumlin has not had any problems starting new QB's in his system. Sumlin is very good at what he does, and I expect no less than a meaningful, hard fought contest from the Aggies. Their problems stem from off the field issues during the off season.
As noted by blogger @SECblog in this post "Two words: Fulmer Cup. Up to the time of writing, Texas A&M had TEN players arrested. TEN. Everything from fights to weed to shoplifting. Anyway, Coach Sumlin isn’t screwing about, because he booted starting LB Darian Claiborne, starting DT Isaiah Golden, redshirt freshman S Kameron Miles, and DL Gavin Stansbury‘s has ‘left the team to attend personal issues’ too, after he was arrested earlier in the year for pouring beer on a Rice University student and punching him in the face. Oh, and one of his top offensive weapons for 2014, WE Ricky Seals-Jones, was arrested on charges of disorderly contact, and would-be starting QB Kenny Hill was found passed out in a flower bed, and arrested for public intoxication."
There may be some discipline problems at the home of the 12th man. Every school has issues, and I certainly am not giddy about these developments. Come November however, all of these suspensions that did not lead to dismissal from the team, will be long over with, and Auburn will face the full force of this Aggies squad.
Auburn's offense matches up very well vs. the Aggies defense. Of course so did everybody else last season, to include Rice. I don't see the Aggies defense stopping the Auburn offense very much. The A & M secondary was porous last season, and they return all 4 starters there. Auburn will be much improved in the passing game, and that spells a fun day at home for the Tigers.
With Manziel, and highly drafted WR Mike Evans both gone, A & M will be much more dependent on their run game. The offensive line is good, but the Aggies won't be able to score enough points to keep up with Auburn by running the ball.
Look for Auburn 42 - A & M 27