After a tough week in which the Texas A&M Aggies had to host the top team in the nation, the Alabama Crimson Tide, in a rematch from the game of the year a season ago. This game didn’t disappoint, either, as the Aggies made a furious comeback to make the game interesting, but Johnny Manziel and the Aggies fell short, 49-42.
On the other side of the field, the SMU Mustangs were once one of the best teams in college football decades ago, but scandals have plagued the program. They are sitting at 1-1 right now after a week one loss and squeaking by Montana State in week two, 31-30.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban called the Aggies one of the best offenses he’d ever seen and the best in college football right now. He was right as this team put up 42 points and 628 yards against one of the top defenses in the nation. Manziel furthered his Heisman talks with a 464 yard performance with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He has 984 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, three interceptions and 153 rushing yards to go along with it on the season. You can’t forget sophomore wide out Mike Evans who has 518 yards and three touchdowns on 20 catches this year — this kid is going to be a star.
Southern Methodist has one of the best passing attacks in the nation behind quarterback Garrett Gilbert. He has passed for 705 yards and just one score through two games — ranking the Mustangs 10th in the nation in pass yards per game. Jeremy Johnson and Darius Joseph have combined for 42 catches for 459 yards and a score. This offense has no run game, though.
Defensively, the Aggies have very little defense. It’s that simple. They have not given up less than 28 points in any game this season — and they played Rice and an FCS school. SMU isn’t much better as they have allowed 35 points per game on the season and allow over 400 yards per game.
SMU will travel to Texas A&M to take on the Aggies at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 21. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
PREDICTION: SMU 17, TAMU 47