Texas A&M's dynamic quarterback is just one of the many headaches that appear to be in store for Auburn this weekend. The Tigers, fielding one of the nation's worst offenses, will also have to fend off college football's top pass rusher. Auburn (1-6, 0-5 SEC) hasn't yet seen a quarterback as electrifying as Johnny Manziel. Then again, only two players nationally account for more total offense per game than Manziel, who is averaging 379.9 yards. Manziel has helped the Aggies (5-2, 2-2) average 43.0 points and 524.6 total yards, both ninth in the nation.
Auburn, coming off a 17-13 loss at Vanderbilt last Saturday, is off to its worst start in 60 years. It ranks in the SEC's bottom half in most defensive categories, including average points (25.1) and yards per game (411.7) allowed while giving up a conference-worst 194.0 rushing yards a contest. Manziel is a two-way threat, as he's second in the SEC in both average passing yards (279.4) and rushing yards (100.4). Auburn is already struggling mightily to move the ball, as its 276.7 yards per game rank second-to-last in the FBS. Moore could especially feast on a Tigers offensive line that has surrendered the country's sixth-most sacks (24).
RB Tre Mason. Mason leads the team with 474 yards but has wondered aloud why he's not getting 20 or more rushes. The slippery sophomore has oddly almost disappeared from Auburn's offense at times in the second half of tight games, but the Tigers need to stick with him more to keep the Aggies' fast-paced offense on the sideline for as long as it's close.
A&M's only two losses so far are against #2 Florida and #6 LSU by a combined eight points. They led by double-digits in both games. New head coach Kevin Sumlin has already made a name for himself in College Station. It’s a good time to be an Aggie right now. The Tigers offense can’t make enough plays and the Aggies send Auburn to 1-7. A win in this game wouldn’t be enough to save Gene Chizik’s job, but a loss here would still hurt his case to stay. Best of luck however you play!