Texas A&M-SMU prediction

September, 14, 2012
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Texas A&M 52, SMU 13


This will be the fifth consecutive year that Kevin Sumlin and June Jones have met -- Sumlin annually saw Jones' SMU squads while at Houston -- and Sumlin has come out on the winning end each time. With Sumlin bringing a team with the type of talent and depth Texas A&M has, I expect to see a large victory for the Aggies. SMU appeared to struggle against Baylor's offensive attack in its season-opening 59-24 loss to the Bears and Baylor's offense has some similarities to Texas A&M's in terms of style and pace. And if the Aggies' defensive line can repeat the kind of effort they had against Florida, it may get ugly for Garrett Gilbert and co. quickly.

Player to watch: Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

The senior receiver, who broke school records in catches and receiving yards last year, was bottled up by Florida (five catches, 16 yards). I expect to see Swope continue to get looks and make some big things happen with them. Last year when the teams met, Swope had eight catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Sam Khan | email

Texas A&M/SEC reporter

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