October 16th, 2013 11:45 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Auburn, Texas A&M
Tags: Auburn, Johnny Manziel, Lone Star, SEC
This year Auburn is 5-1 overall and ranked #24 in the nation under new head coach Gus Malzahn, the man who ran the offense for Chizik during that 2010 championship season.
With the Tigers coming to town for a ballgame Saturday, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says it’s not just the record that’s changed on the Plains:
“That (success is) very different than the team we played last year. It might be a lot of the same guys, but it’s completely different from an attitude standpoint and I think that shows up in not only their record, but their approach to the game on Saturday.”
Aggie offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney sees a different attitude as well:
“Once the game began (last year), it just felt like we ran up and down the field on them. I thought their players really didn’t want to play at that particular time. This year’s tape — you watch the tape — and they’re a totally different team.”
Texas A&M smoked Auburn 63-21 on its home field a season ago. The Aggies rolled up 671 yards of total offense and averaged an insane 7.3 yards-per-carry on a whopping 48 rush attempts. Johnny Manziel accounted for 350 yards on his own.
That loss dropped the Tigers to 1-7 overall and 0-6 in the SEC… a far cry from this year’s 5-1 and 2-1 (in the SEC) marks.
The differences between 2013 AU and 2012 AU are eye-popping:
* 474 yards per game on offense now versus 305 yards of total offense then
* 399 yards per game allowed now versus 420 yards per game allowed then
* An average score of 19-28 (a loss) then to an average score of 34-19 (a win) now
A&M’s defense has been suspect all season. In fact, the Aggie D is the worst in the SEC. All indicators point to a Lone Star shootout on Saturday night. And Auburn’s change in attitude from ’12 to ’13 might be the biggest reason for that outlook.
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