posted on November 24, 2012 10:41
Missouri's rushing offense vs. Texas A&M's rushing defense
Missouri relies heavily on Kendial Lawrence, and although he's been very good lately, the Aggies' defense has been strong for most of the year. Sure, Texas A&M gave up nearly 200 yards on the ground to Sam Houston State, but it also held Alabama's vaunted attak to 122 yards. However, the Aggies give up nearly 150 yards on the ground and have held opponents to under 100 yards in just two games. This one could be an edge for Missouri, but with the status of James Franklin still uncertain, it diminishes Missouri's rushing attack a bit.
Missouri's passing offense vs. Texas A&M's passing defense
It all comes down to if James Franklin plays. Corbin Berkstresser has a big-time arm and has plenty of potential, but he isn't consistent enough to beat the Aggies' defense for four quarters. Texas A&M does give up nearly 250 yards per game through the air, but Franklin is efficient enough to maximize the holes in the Aggies' secondary. At this point, Berkstresser is not. If Franklin plays, this could be a big edge for Missouri.
EDGE: Missouri (if Franklin plays)
Texas A&M's passing offense vs. Missouri's passing defense
Missouri's defense had bad back-to-back weeks against strong quarterbacks, and now it has to stop Johnny Manziel. The hope, in my opinion, is to keep Manziel in the pocket and force him to throw the ball downfield for the entire game. However, Missouri's secondary has been pourous and there hasn't been much pass rush. Unless that somehow changes, this is a big edge for the Aggies.
EDGE: Texas A&M (big)
Texas A&M's rushing offense vs. Missouri's rushing defense
Missouri struggled against he most mobile quarterback it saw when it placed Arizona State. Taylor Kelly is no Johnny Manziel. If Manziel goes for over 100 yards, this game will be a blowout. Missouri has been better against the run, but with a quarterback like Manziel, this is an advantage for the Aggies no matter who they play.
EDGE: Texas A&M
Missouri's special teams vs. Texas A&M's special teams
Missour has the edge here because of a strong return game, and the fact that the Aggies have made just 12 of 21 field goals.
PREDICTION: It's hard to predict this one because Missouri's quarterback situation is unsettled. If Franklin plays, Missouri keeps it close until the third quarter and loses 38-24. If Berkstresser plays, Missouri's offense will endure too many three and outs and will fall 41-17.