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Manziel is best rolling and tossing to receivers they separate as defensive backs leave to ward off a possible Manziel run. Makes him dangerous if 1) Our De's and LB's can not pressure or tackle him, and 2) Our DB's lose their receiver on coverage due to the scrambling.
While I believe QB's Shaw and Driskel are good preps for Manziel against the Tigers, the Aggie QB is the real deal until a defense overpowers his blocking and nails him a few times.
This game has to be won by: 1) OL playing as well or better as they did against SC, giving our run game a chance to were the Ags out eventually on defense. The Aggies defense gets tired quickly and when they do, your grandmother can move the ball on them. Keep the football, make them wilt..and 2) Special teams: Punt well and flip the field for a change, Wing. And let Ford return punts and KO's..sit Beckham on ST. It will do him some good.
I am interested in how Chief, Haley and Raymond address Manziel and the pass game off the roll out and scramble.
This post was edited by hartjb 18 months ago
Regards to All,
"They're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us....They can't get away this time." Chesty Puller
And, here we go...
"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
We are going to force Manziel into having to make bad decisions just like we did to Connor Shaw. Manziel hasn't had to play but 1 team thus far with a pulse on defense. We all saw what happened when Manziel's rushing ability gets taken away and the Aggie run game gets shuts down...it turns Manziel into a zero-threat QB because they don't trust Manziel to sit back in a pocket and make long to intermediate throws. He completed 23 for 30 passes that game but for just a measly 173 yards or 5.8 yards per attempt and about 90% of those throws were at the LOS, before it, or within 5 yards of it.
It's pretty simple, force Manziel to become a pocket passer and so goes the Aggie "high powered" offense.
Paul Mainieri = 328-135 ovr (70.8%), 119-89 SEC (57.2%), 21-10 NCAA (67.7%), 3 CWS App., 1 National Title
An Aggie fan here:
You've got some solid posts. I was reading some others from other threads too. I think you're right on (minus my grandmother seeing the field. I think the thick grass will give her walker issues).
LSU will be the best team we've faced thus far. Yes, better than UF. Had that game been in Death Valley, it would have had a different outcome.
A&M starts games strong. In fact, Sumlin always opts for the ball first even when winning the toss. Our problems come after halftime. It seems other teams make adjustments and we are slow to change. I think we will score more points than LSU is used to giving up, but LSU will score more points than they are used to getting. I think it ends up LSU 38 - A&M 31. I hope and pray I have those numbers flipped from the truth.
For those of you coming to Aggieland, hospitality is something we pride ourselves in. You will feel welcomed regardless of how the game ends. Good luck to y'all in every game minus this Saturday!
This post was edited by spider pig 18 months ago
Another Ag here. I think your assessment is correct in what LSU will do. However, Johnny is a much better passer than he was against Florida (his first collegiate game). On offense for A&M, I think the game comes down to:
1) Our OL's ability to keep out the LSU DL and pick up the blitz.
2) Johnny's ability to throw into tight coverage while standing in the pocket under pressure.
3) Our young WRs ability to play physical football and create space.
4) Kingsbury's (OC) ability to adjust his strategy on the fly.
I realize that LSU has a very talented D. If I remember correctly, the secondary is relatively young and inexperienced. It all depends on Manziel's ability to deliver the ball under pressure and our WRs fighting for the ball with body position. Don't underestimate RS Freshman WR Mike Evans. At 6'5" and a sub-4.5 40, he's a beast.
That being said, I think we are too young and inexperienced while outmatched physically to win this game. It would take Mettenberger throwing multiple picks (and Manziel throwing none) for us to have a shot IMO. I do think A&M will slow down the LSU rushing attack in the 1st half. But our 2nd half adjustments have not been great. A&M would need a 2-score lead at halftime to pull out a victory. We will have to force LSU to pass to win (and hope our secondary steps up).
We'll all see how it plays out on Saturday. I think A&M keep it exciting on Saturday but LSU wins in a 27-24 game that comes down to the final minutes.
PS - Throw out the LA Tech defensively for A&M. We were missing 4 guys from the 2-deep due to suspension or injury and all 4 will be back for LSU. Also, we only played 16 guys on D and LA Tech ran over 100+ plays. Part of the blame goes to Kingsbury getting pass happy and not bleeding enough clock. However, I expect those things will be fixed this game.
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