Prediction/matchups: A&M vs. Alabama 

November, 9, 2012
11/09/12
2:00
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Alabama 31, Texas A&M 23

This game is intriguing on several levels. For starters, the matchup of Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel against the big, fast, athletic Alabama defense will be one to watch. The Crimson Tide are coming off an emotional, hard-fought win at LSU last week. How Nick Saban's team will deal with the Aggies' up-tempo offense should be compelling. And LSU's offensive success gives the Aggies reason to believe that they'll be able to move the ball and score as well. However, the Crimson Tide's stellar offensive line and good running game might be too much for the Aggies defense, which is limited on depth. The Aggies could have some success early on both sides of the ball, and don't be surprised to see Texas A&M jump out to a quick lead early, as they did against Florida and LSU, but the Crimson Tide could wear down the Aggies defensively in the late stages if they get the running game going. And Manziel's two lowest single-game rushing totals came against the likes of LSU and Florida. Look for the Tide to keep him from exploding in the running game.

Players to watch: Jarvis Harrison and Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

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