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Staff prediction: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M

9/27/2012

Texas A&M 38, Arkansas 27

Arkansas will come in fighting because the Razorbacks really can't afford to lose another game. But Texas A&M has its own motivation, since the Aggies have lost each of the last three meetings with the Hogs, including last year's meeting which saw the Aggies relinquish an 18-point halftime lead. Quarterback Johnny Manziel has carved up inferior opponents the last two weeks, but showed some bright signs of what could be in the Aggies' only other SEC game against Florida. Look for him to improve on that showing. Texas A&M's defense has played well but Tyler Wilson and Cobi Hamilton will be the best quarterback-receiver combo the Aggies have faced, so the Razorbacks will score some points. But they won't score enough to beat the Aggies in Kyle Field.

Player to watch: Ben Malena, Texas A&M

Malena has started each of the last two games for the Aggies and will get the start again on Saturday. Christine Michael is the back that had tremendous success against Arkansas last year (230 yards, three touchdowns) and he'll see the field, but look for Malena to get plenty of touches and be productive with them. He showed against Florida that he can be physical and he's an asset in the passing game as well, both as a receiver and a blocker.