Staff prediction: Texas A&M vs. Mizzou
November, 23, 2012
By Sam Khan Jr. | ESPN.com
Brendan Maloney/US PresswireDamontre Moore and the Aggies defensive line will be counted on to disrupt Missouri's passing game.Texas A&M 48, Missouri 20
How Missouri performs likely will hinge on the health of quarterback James Franklin, who is a game-time decision, according to coach Gary Pinkel. Franklin suffered a concussion in the Tigers' 31-27 loss to Syracuse, but even if he's healthy enough to play, look for the Aggies to come away with this one. They're playing at a high level, they're at home and they have redemption on their minds after being defeated by Missouri at Kyle Field each of the last two seasons.
The Tigers have a talented, explosive collection of receiving talents and will test the Aggies' secondary, but they'll also have to find an answer for redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, who wasn't around for those last two defeats and will have a chance to put the final touches on his resume for Heisman Trophy voters.
If Franklin doesn't start for Missouri, it will be redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser getting his fourth start of the year.
Player to watch
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
Regardless of which quarterback plays for the Tigers, the key to keeping the talented Missouri receiving group from having a big day will be quarterback pressure from the Aggies' defensive front. Few have played at the level Moore has all season long. The junior is tied for the nation's lead in sacks (12.5) and tackles for loss (20). He'll be looking to add to those numbers on Saturday and close out what has been a terrific regular season.
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