Week 4 - South Carolina State at Texas A&M

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Posted Sep 20, 2012


Week 4 CFN Fearless Prediction – South Carolina State at Texas A&M

South Carolina State (1-2) at Texas A&M (1-1) Sept. 22, 7:00, ESPN3

Here’s The Deal: Texas A&M bounced back from its tough loss at home against Florida by blowing away SMU 48-3 without breathing hard. The pass rush has been fantastic, Johnny Manziel is quickly becoming a fan favorite quarterback, and the team showed it could gear it up quickly after a major disappointment. Next week’s game against Arkansas was supposed to be a statement moment, but that’s looking more and more like a sure-thing win unless the Hogs turn things around in a hurry. With winnable games against Ole Miss and Louisiana Tech to follow, 5-1 is realistic before hosting LSU. First, the Aggies have to go through motions against the Bulldogs of South Carolina State, who spent last week getting blown away by Arizona 56-0.

Why South Carolina State Might Win: The Bulldogs have a little bit of a passing game, throwing for 300 yards and three scores against Georgia State to start the season, and the ground attack hasn’t been awful in bad situations. The offensive line has been the biggest strength, especially in pass protection allowing just three sacks so far, and there’s a chance quarterback Richard Cue gets a little time to push the passing attack around. A&M has made a few too many mistakes with nine penalties in each of the first two games, but …

Why Texas A&M Might Win: Beyond the talent disparity, South Carolina State screws up way too often with five interceptions and two lost fumbles in the first three games. The bigger problem has been penalties, committing 12 in the opener against Georgia State, 13 against Bethune-Cookman, and 11 against Arizona. Yes, South Carolina State’s O line has been fine, but the Aggie pass rush has been special with 12 sacks in two games.

What To Watch Out For: Texas A&M redshirt freshman Mike Evans has quickly emerged as Manziel’s go-to target with 13 catches for 183 yards in the first two games. The 6-5, 218-pounder has the size to be dominant force, and it’s starting to show. While he might be used as sort of a tight end on the inside, he has the ability and the wheels to be used from time to time as matchup nightmare on the outside.

What Will Happen: The speed and athleticism of the Aggie defensive front will be too great for the Bulldogs to deal with. This will be over after three A&M drives.

CFN Prediction: Texas A&M 63 … South Carolina State 7
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) No Line O/U: No Line
Must Watch Rating (5 – Ray Lewis: A Football Life, 1 – Frankenweenie): 1