Week 9 - Vanderbilt at Texas A&M

Posted Oct 24, 2013

Week 9 Fearless Prediction - Vanderbilt at Texas A&M

- Kentucky at Mississippi State | Vanderbilt at Texas A&M
- Tennessee at Alabama | South Carolina at Missouri
- Furman at LSU, FAU at Auburn, Idaho at Ole Miss

Vanderbilt (4-3) at Texas A&M (5-2) Oct. 26, 12:21, ESPN3

Why You Should Give A Hoot: With one win over a crippled Georgia, it's Game On for Vanderbilt.

No, there's no chance of getting back into the SEC East race, but the opportunity is there to become a spoiler for Texas A&M and Florida in the bowl picture. The Aggies and Gators might be all but done in the conference title chase, but now it's time to jockey for position. There are enough winnable games for Vandy to get to a bowl, but it would be really, really nice to come up with a second straight important victory.

Texas A&M continues to be among the most fun teams in college football, for good and bad. No defense = fun, and Johnny Manziel = even more fun. The reigning Heisman winner will play after gutting it out with an injured shoulder in last week's loss to Auburn, and he needs to. With road games at LSU and Missouri still to play, the record could get mediocre in a big hurry if the Aggies can't get a little D to match the O.

It's the first ever game meeting between the two schools.

Why Vanderbilt Might Win: You and ten friends could probably hang 400 yards and 35 points on the Texas A&M defense. Last in the SEC in total defense, run defense and scoring defense, and second-to-last against the pass, everyone is getting fat on a D that's not generating any pass rush and has managed to give up 200 passing yards or more against everyone but Sam Houston State, and just allowed 379 yards on the ground to Auburn. The Commodores get into the backfield and should be able to generate pressure on Manziel. With is bum shoulder, he's not in any shape to take too many hits.

Why Texas A&M Might Win: Can Austyn Carta-Samuels go? The Vanderbilt starting quarterback suffered a leg injury in the win over Georgia and finished the game on crutches on the sidelines. Patton Robinette close things out by completing 9-of-15 passes for 107 yards and a pick to go along with a rushing score. Yeah, that's great, but it's going to take a razor-sharp, high-octane performance to keep up with the A&M offense. Vanderbilt's attack, even with Carta-Samuels, is fine, but it doesn't do any one thing at a high level. Playing the Aggie defense should help, but it's going to take 40 points to get in the discussion.

Who To Watch Out For: There won't be too many complaints if you want to argue that this game features the two best receivers in America. Mike Evans made his mark in the Alabama game, but he bettered the 279-yard day with 287 yards and four scores on 11 catches against Auburn. Jordan Matthews has been the model of consistency with seven catches in every game but the Austin Peay layup – he came up with six – and while he didn't explode against Georgia, he made 11 grabs for 89 yards.

What Will Happen: As always, there will be lots and lots of yards, and lots and lots of big plays. Texas A&M will come up with a few more than Vanderbilt because its banged up quarterback situation will be better than Vandy's banged up quarterback situation.

Prediction: Texas A&M 41 … Vanderbilt 34
Line: Texas A&M -18 o/u: 75
Must See Rating: (5 The Counselor – 1 Last Vegas) … 3
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