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Friday, October 26, 2012
Prediction/matchups: Aggies vs. Auburn

By Sam Khan Jr.

Texas A&M 41, Auburn 17

Emory Blake
Texas A&M will have to keep a close eye on Auburn wide receiver Emory Blake.
Auburn has been poor offensively this season. The Tigers rank 119th nationally in total offense and 118th in scoring offense, averaging a meager 15.7 points per game this season. That's not going to get it done against the high-powered Aggies offense, one that even had LSU on its heels at times a week ago. Plus, Texas A&M's defense has been better than expected this year with the exception of the Louisiana Tech game. Look for the Aggies to take control early and not let go of this one.

Player to watch: Ben Malena, Texas A&M

Malena continues to get better and so does the Aggies offensive line. Last week he averaged 6.8 yards per carry against a quality LSU defense. Look for him to get more than 12 carries this week and to pass the century mark in rushing. He also continues to excel in pass protection and contribute on special teams as well.

Matchups to watch:

" Malena vs. Auburn OLB Daren Bates Malena will get his fare share of touches and should continue to be productive in the ground game, but also could see Bates, Auburn's tackles and tackles-for-loss leader, on pass plays as Malena works to pick up blitzers. Bates leads the team with 74 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. He ranks second in the SEC with 10.6 tackles per game and 12th nationally.

" Auburn WR Emory Blake vs. Texas A&M CB Deshazor Everett
Blake leads Auburn in receptions (30), receiving yards (425) and receiving touchdowns (two). He's the best big-play threat on an offense that has struggled quite a bit this year. Everett is coming off a nice game where he had eight tackles and a pass breakup, including a quality tackle to start the game which defensive coordinator Mark Snyder said "set the tone," for the day.