Unbeaten Alabama Double-Digit Favorite Vs. Texas A&M

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Texas A&M Aggies at Alabama Crimson Tide
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Date:
11/10/2012 at 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Alabama -14, O/U 56
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Television: CBS

Texas A&M Aggies: Redshirt freshman QB Johnny Manziel had another big game as the Aggies (7-2 straight-up, 5-4 against the spread) rolled past Mississippi State last week, 38-13. The victory came as 6½-point road favorites and left A&M a perfect 5-0 away from home this season. The leader of the nation's fifth-ranked offense (559.6 yards per game), Manziel ranks second in the country, averaging over 380 yards per game by himself. Coach Kevin Sumlin's high-powered offense will now get its toughest test yet against a 'Bama defense that is second in yards allowed (228.9 ypg) and first in fewest points surrendered (9.1 ppg). One of Manziel's primary weapons, WR Mike Evans, is questionable for the game with a hamstring injury, so make sure to check the college football injury report to get an update on his status. Evans leads A&M with 56 catches and 802 yards receiving. The Aggies have won just one of the four previous meetings with the Crimson Tide, with that victory coming in the 1968 Cotton Bowl.

Alabama Crimson Tide: A stunning rally in Baton Rouge gave 'Bama (9-0 SU, 5-4 ATS) a 21-17 win over LSU last Saturday to keep the team's perfect record intact. Junior QB AJ McCarron, who completed just eight of his first 21 passes in the game, was a perfect 6-for-6 in directing the Tide on the game-winning drive in the final two minutes. The Crimson Tide defense had not allowed any team to even reach the 300-yard mark on offense before the Tigers accumulated 435 yards in the losing effort. The final score fell just short of the 38½-point total, and 13 of the last 19 games played in Tuscaloosa have also finished on the low side of the scoreboard number. This is the first meeting between the schools since 1988 when 'Bama coasted to a 30-10 win at A&M, a game that was moved to early December due to Hurricane Gilbert being a threat when it was originally scheduled for September.

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