This Saturday Vanderbilt (4-3) ventures to Kyle Field to take on No. 14 Texas A&M (5-2). Will the Commodores beat the Aggies while they’re down?
Texas A&M needs to have high hopes and forget last week if they want to walk away with the win.
Last week that would have sounded nuts. If I said, “Texas A&M needs to watch out for Vandy” people would have thought I was crazy. That is until the Commodores took down Georgia.
They overcame a double-digit deficit to take the win and for the first time under head coach James Franklin upset a Top 25 team.
Vandy secured the win even after quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels left with an injury. This shows that they weren’t downtrodden and defeated, which usually happens when a big player gets taken out.
What does Texas A&M need to do to win?
The Aggies need to get their heads straight. They have just come off of a huge loss against Auburn and their star player is injured. While Manziel played until the end of the game last Saturday, he did start the week off in a sling.
It has been reported that Manziel will be starting against Vanderbilt, but there is sure to be a slight difference in his performance due to the injury.
The defensive line had finally been coming together, and I thought it was only going to get better. However, last Saturday we saw Auburn making plays and scoring plenty of points. Texas A&M gave up 45 points up to the Tigers.
The most terrifying thing about Vanderbilt is one particular receiver they have that has been making headlines. The Commodores have one of the best wide receivers in the SEC, Jordan Matthews. He’s their version of Mike Evans, and we know the damage he can do.
I believe the Aggies need to focus on the task at hand. Win the game and protect Manziel. Do not think about bigger games down the road, because as we saw last week Vanderbilt could surprise you.
Texas A&M can secure the win if they are focused and concentrate on not allowing a second upset to happen.