Johnny Football heads to the Bayou

Johnny Football heads to the Bayou
November 21, 2013, 9:30 am
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Texas A&M and LSU meet this week in what should be an entertaining game. But there is very little is at stake between the Aggies and Tigers. Both teams want to get to 10 wins by the end of the season and A&M could end up in the Sugar Bowl with a couple of W’s over LSU and Missouri.

The quarterback matchup will be the one to watch with Manziel (No. 1) and Mettenberger (No. 2) the top two-rated in the league.  Both of these guys are playing very well on third down. Manziel is completing 75 percent of his third-down throws best in the SEC while Mettenberger is at 63 percent, putting him third in the league. There is no doubt this has all the makings of a shootout.

  • Zach Mettenberger is the first player in school history to throw for 2,500 yards in back-to-back seasons.
  • This Johnny Manziel-led Texas A&M offense has put at least 40 points on the board in every game this season, five times reaching the 50s and hitting 65 once.

Missouri travels to Ole Miss with everything on the line in the SEC East. A win by the Tigers and they will have to beat A&M at home the following week to head to Atlanta. James Franklin is expected to start at quarterback and he put up huge numbers before his injuries with 14 touchdown passes in six games and another three touchdowns rushing. 

Ole Miss has a quarterback playing at a very high level too in Bo Wallace. In the last four games, all wins by Ole Miss, Wallace is completing 73 percent of his passes and has eight touchdowns.

  • Missouri leads the nation with at least one forced turnover in 40 straight games.
  • Ole Miss has its longest win streak since 2008 at four in a row.

Rapid Fire

Kentucky travels to Georgia looking for its first SEC win in a place it has only won four times in 32 trips. The Wildcats lead the nation with 10 fumbles recovered on the season.  The offense is completing 60 percent of its passes but will need to find the end zone more to pull the upset on Georgia. In league play Kentucky is averaging 14.5 points per game which is last in the conference.

Florida is out of conference to take on Georgia Southern this week. The Gator run defense will be challenged by an Eagle option attack that averages 360 yards per game. Florida is third in the league in run defense allowing 115 yards per game. Florida’s offense is struggling to score points having gone over 30 in just two games this season. The last time was Oct. 5 against Arkansas when the Gators had 30. The Gators did rush for 200 yards last week at South Carolina and freshman Kelvin Taylor has had 345 yards rushing in the last five games.

South Carolina takes on FCS opponent Coastal Carolina on Saturday in Columbia.  The 10-1 Chanticleers are averaging 283 yards rushing and over 45 points per game. South Carolina’s 16-game win streak is the longest in the country and with a win the senior class would reach 40, the most of any in Gamecock football history. The offense is averaging 448 yards per game which would shatter the school record by 20 yards.

Alabama has won 10 games six years in a row but it’s four more they want to get a title. At 35-2 AJ McCarron is the all-time winningest quarterback in SEC history.  He is fourth all-time in winning percentage across the nation, trailing Steve Davis from Oklahoma, Ken Dorsey from Miami and Matt Leinart at USC. The Crimson Tide has had six non-offensive touchdowns this season the most since 2009 when they also went unbeaten and won a national title.

Arkansas and Bret Bielema are back at Little Rock coming off an open week looking for the Razorbacks first SEC win. The Hogs are 1-0 in Little Rock this season and Bielema is 16-7 all-time when having more than a week to prepare.  Alex Collins has 31 rushes for 10 or more yards this season, tied with Nick Marshall for the most in the SEC.  The defense has given up an average of 39.4 points per game in the teams seven-game losing streak.

Georgia and Aaron Murray look to bounce back at home against Kentucky. Murray already owns four SEC records and is the all-time leader at Georgia in yards per attempt with 8.9.  The Dogs are averaging 35 points per game while allowing 30 points per game.  The offense trails only Texas A&M in trips to the red zone as it has been there 53 times. The defense is second in the league in sacks behind Missouri with 28.

Vanderbilt puts its seven-game November win streak on the line in Knoxville against Tennessee. The Commodores have gotten five of those wins away from home.  In the last 17 games Vanderbilt has won 13 games, trailing only Alabama and Texas A&M in the SEC.  The offense leads the SEC in red-zone proficiency going 39-for-44 on the season.  Vanderbilt is unbeaten when it scores first this season.

Mississippi State is trying to figure out who will be its quarterback this weekend. Dak Prescott is second in the league with 30 runs of 10-plus yards, but may still be out with injury. He gives the offense another dimension it can’t replicate with the other two quarterbacks. Damian Williams could start this week but he struggled last week, as expected, against the No. 1 team in the country. He was 11-for-18 earlier in the season in backup duty against Alcorn State and Troy. Mississippi State is averaging 433 yards of total offense on the season, which would be a school record.

Tennessee has won 28 out of 30 against Vanderbilt and will be looking to send its seniors out with a win and stay in the postseason picture. The Volunteers are averaging 185 yards a game on the ground and have rushed for at least 200 yards in four games. Tennessee is 10-5 in its last 15 home games, and a strong 4-2 this season. The defense has forced 20 turnovers this season, third best in the SEC and two more than the entire 2012 season.

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