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Texas A & M vs Missouri Pick Against the Spread

No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 8 Missouri
 
Coming  off of a season where they didn't qualify for a bowl game, only one thing stands in the way of No. 8  Missouri and the SEC Championship game in just their second year in the conference. No.12 Texas A&M and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
 
 
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Manzieland the Aggies arrive in Columbia on Saturday night to take aim at ruining any possibility that Tigers have at a bowl conference championship while trying to notch the one win that will keep Gary Pinkel from tying Don Faurot as the all-time winningest coach in Missouri history, with 101 victories.
 
No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 8 Missouri
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2013
Time 7:45 p.m. EST
Venue
Faurot Field
City: Columbia
O/U Odds: OFF
Spread:  Missouri -4.5
 
The Aggies (8-3), have struggled defensively all year, especially against the run, and rank 107th nationally, allowing 221 yards per game — a problem the Tigers will look to make use of with its talented three-prong rushing attack led by Henry Josey, who has had a great comeback season, rushing for 855 yards and a dozen touchdowns.
 
As a unit the A&M is yielding31 points and 460 yards per game, forcing all of the pressure onto Manziel who finds himself smack in the middle of this year's Heisman race, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for 3,537 yards with 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. "Jonny Football"  has also rushed for 665 yards and eight touchdowns.
 
Meanwhile, the Tigers (10-1) will need follow LSU's defensive scheme if they want to stop Manziel, who put up 439 total yards and five touchdowns in a 59-29 rout against the Tigers a year ago.
 
That shouldn't be too difficult, as Mizzou is just one of five schools ranked in the top 15 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. 
 
Following last year's 5-7 campaign, the Tigers are the surprise of the conference this season, and have been led by their balanced offense and stingy defense, which boasts the NCAA's best pass rush that leads the SEC with 35 sacks.
 
That could spell trouble for Manziel and the Aggies, which were held to 299 total yards and 10 points against LSU last week.

Offensively,  Aggies quarterback James Franklin was back under center last week against Ole Miss, throwing for 142 yards and rushing for 42 after missing four games with a shoulder injury.

Matt's Free Prediction
 
The Aggies have the offensive firepower to win games, but it is apparent they just aren’t the same team defensively they were last season. 
 
Missouri in the meantime is averaging nearly 40 points and 500 yards per game, and its only loss has come in overtime against South Carolina when a field goal attempt hit the upright.
 
Look for the Tigers to get the win here.
 
 

Missouri 35, Texas A&M 28

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