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First Meeting Ever between the Two Universities
Just a week ago the Aggie faithful were talking about losses by No. 6 Louisville and either No. 3 Clemson or No.5 Florida State that would catapult the Aggies, with a win over Auburn at home, into the Top 5 for the home stretch. It wasn’t to be, as Texas A&M failed to capitalize in heartbreaking fashion. The Aggie defense allowed 219 yards and 21 points in the fourth quarter en-route to their fourth SEC loss in six tries at Kyle Field. Unfortunately, Texas A&M also surrendered a double-digit lead for the fourth time.
Saturday, the No. 16 (BCS) Aggies host the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first gridiron meeting ever between the two schools, and both have major question marks at quarterback. The Commodores announced Thursday that redshirt freshman Patton Robinette will get his first start in place of Austyn Carta-Samuels, who suffered a leg injury during Vanderbilt’s upset of Georgia.
As you’re probably aware, Johnny Manziel sat for four offensive plays in the fourth quarter against Auburn with a shoulder problem — the extent of which is not clear. However, he did return to the game and threw the ball exceptionally well, although loud grunts were reportedly heard from him on every attempt.
While the Aggies dropped a critical game in their season, the 10-point underdog Commodores were serving notice to the No. 15 Georgia Bulldogs they were a team to be taken seriously. Down 27-14 entering the fourth quarter, their defense began sticking the Georgia offense while the Commodores put up 17 unanswered points on their way to a thrilling and unexpected 31-27 SEC win.
Since this game in College Station carries a 17-point spread, the only real conversation is how large the margin of victory will be for the Aggies. Of course, the same might have been said last week when the 13-point underdog Auburn Tigers came to town. One note here to contemplate is the Aggies have covered the number only once in the last eight games they’ve played in October.
Even with all the tremendous stats for the offensive-minded Aggies, including 19 straight games with over 400 yards total offense (2nd in FBS) and 10 straight with 40 points or more (school record and leading the FBS), the question remains as to whether they’ll be able to outscore another potentially dynamic offense. The prediction here is yes, 38-17, primarily because of the quarterback situation for Vandy.
It was at this juncture last season when, following a tough home loss to LSU, the Aggies began playing their best football of the season, sweeping a 3-game SEC road trip that was capped off by the signature win in Tuscaloosa.
Follow this Saturday’s game with former Aggie QB David Walker on Twitter @12thManQB