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Many times, when we see “Mid Major” teams put up mind boggling numbers with wide open, high-flying offenses, we tend to scoff at the accomplishment, claiming it’s a system that would never consistently work in a conference like the SEC.  Well, Kevin Sumlin is again testing that theory as he brings his own brand of high-powered offense that made scoreboards malfunction at Houston, to the Texas A&M Aggies.  And Sumlin apparently caught lightning in a bottle in true freshman quarterback, Johnny Manziel, who is not only driving Sumlin’s offensive train, but continues to put heat on the Heisman frontrunners.

“Johnny Football” has taken the league and country by storm with his unique style of play. He leads the Aggies in just about every offensive statistical category and his athletic ability makes him a threat to take it the distance on any given play.  A&M averages 221 yards a game on the ground, 100 of which come from Manziel on jaw-dropping runs.  He’s also scored 10 touchdowns rushing.  He’s just as productive through the air, passing for just under 300 yards per game and 14 touchdowns to date.  His two favorite targets are Mike Evans and Ryan Swope who have 72 catches, 1005 yards and 5 TD’s between them.  But it’s far from a two man show at wide receiver as 16 different Aggies have caught passes this season.

So far, in their first SEC season, A&M has a slate of 2-2 with a 5-2 overall record.  Both losses have come to a couple of the SEC elite with narrow defeats at the hands of Florida and LSU. Both of those teams have made a living in 2012 on stout defense and both were able to keep an Aggie offense that averages 43 ppg somewhat in check, giving up 17 and 19 respectively.  On defense, Texas A&M is no slouch either.  They yield an average of 392 yards and 22 points each game; however, those numbers are a bit skewed when you factor in the shootout with Louisiana Tech.  The kicking game is solid and the punter, Ryan Epperson, averages over 44 yards per punt.

Needless to say, comparing the seasons that Auburn and Texas A&M have had to this point, a lot of things are going to have to go right for the Tigers and the Aggies will need to pile up the miscues.  Auburn’s only hope may be for Johnny Football to look like Johnny True Freshman.

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