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Breaking Down the 2013 Texas A&M Aggies Football Schedule

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Breaking Down the 2013 Texas A&M Aggies Schedule

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Where do we begin with this Texas A&M Aggies squad? Well, the offseason has been quite interesting with loads of Johnny Manziel news and talks of possible national titles, but if the sophomore quarterback doesn’t get his head on straight, he will be in for a rude awakening in 2013.

Partying, talking trash and just plain acting immature have filled the headlines of every major news organization and hopefully he’s just acting like a typical college kid and not someone who has let the spotlight get to his head to an extreme level. The most recent rumor about Manziel signing autographs for cash could mean a possible suspension, but let’s face it, the kid is good for the game.

Besides bringing a ton of attention to college football, he has also won the coveted Heisman Trophy, making himself the most popular player in the country.

Playing in the difficult SEC could lead to more trouble than it did in the Aggies first season as members of the conference. Although they played well as the ‘new kid on the block’, the teams in the conference now have had more time to scout the Aggies and find out what Manziel is all about.

Losing top draft prospect and offensive tackle Luke Joeckel will be tough for Manziel who felt little pressure thanks to his stellar offensive line from 2012. Returning wide out Mike Evans will be a big help to the sophomore quarterback as he was one of the best at the receiver position as a freshman in 2012.

Let’s see how the Aggies stack up against the competition in 2013.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Aug. 31: Rice

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The first game of the season will be a nice tune-up game for the Aggies as they will take on in-state foe, Rice. This will surely be no contest and Johnny Manziel will be turning heads before we know it.

PREDICTION: Rice 7, TAMU 48

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Sept. 7: Sam Houston State

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In yet another early-season matchup with a cupcake, the fighting Manziels will be off and running with a 2-0 record before we know it. Luckily for them, they have Alabama coming up the following week.

PREDICTION: Sam Houston State 3, TAMU 38

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Sept. 14: Alabama

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It seems like everyone dreads playing Alabama these days. Although the Aggies had their way with the Crimson Tide on the road last year, squeaking out a victory, they will have no such luck at home this season. AJ McCarron and the Tide are just way too talented to lose two straight times to any team.

PREDICTION: Alabama 31, TAMU 27

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Sept. 21: SMU

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SMU could have one of the most potent offenses in the nation next season with Garrett Gilbert returning at quarterback. However, this is just an average team from the C-USA and will likely be no contest for the Aggies.

PREDICTION: SMU 21, TAMU 42

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Sept. 28: at Arkansas

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Many Arkansas fans, if not all, are delighted with the fact that they no longer have to see John L. Smith roaming the sidelines and they now have the pleasure of welcoming Big Ten champion head coach Bret Bielema. However, they are losing Tyler Wilson at QB and Knile Davis at running back. Could be a tough offensive season.

PREDICTION: TAMU 38, Arkansas 17

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Oct. 12: at Ole Miss

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Hugh Freeze has been a recruiting genius as the Ole Miss head coach, but it will take some time for that talent to develop and actually have an impact. Returning 15 starters including quarterback Bo Wallace should bode well for its 2013 season.

PREDICTION: TAMU 27, Ole Miss 28

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Oct. 19: Auburn

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Auburn is still celebrating over its 2010 national title victory, but the Tigers need to move forward and they did so by ridding themselves of head coach Gene Chizik. Auburn will be improved from its 3-9 finish last season, but even nine returning defensive starters won't be able to stop Manziel.

PREDICTION: Auburn 20, TAMU 41

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Oct. 26: Vanderbilt

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Vanderbilt was quite a surprise in 2012, winning nine game, including their bowl victory. However, Texas A&M will be a bit much for the Commodores to handle, especially without their starting quarterback and running back from a year ago.

PREDICTION: Vanderbilt 10, TAMU 34

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Nov. 2: UTEP

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In a game that could get really ugly, really fast, Manziel and squad will get a nice break in the second half after building a huge lead over the mediocre UTEP defense.

PREDICTION: UTEP 7, TAMU 52

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Nov. 9: Mississippi State

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Mississippi State is returning a ton of key offensive weapons including quarterback Tyler Russell, but losing top corners Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay should open up the pass game for Manziel.

PREDICTION: Mississippi State 28, TAMU 44

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Nov. 23: at LSU

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LSU seems to have a top-tier team year after year and 2013 is no different. Les Miles has his squad poised and ready for a national title run this season, but the offense is just not good enough to keep up with Texas A&M's stellar squad.

PREDICTION: TAMU 28, LSU 20

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Nov. 30: at Missouri

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The Missouri Tigers will be a nice, easy way to finish the 2013 season for Kevin Sumlin's squad. Look for a blowout in this final game on the road as the Aggies will take out the frustration of missing out on a national title appearance to Alabama.

PREDICTION: TAMU 42, Missouri 17

The Aggies finish 10-2 and head to another BCS bowl.