Johnny Manziel and the No. 10 Texas A&M Aggies rebounded quite well after their loss to Alabama two weeks ago, and now take to the road for the first time this season. They’ll meet Arkansas at Razorback Stadium on Saturday night, fresh off a 42-13 drubbing of SMU.
Manziel accounted for 346 yards and three touchdowns, while posting his first 100-yard rushing game since last season’s Cotton Bowl. However it was the first time this season Manziel was out-passed by an opposing quarterback. The Aggies are still fifth in the country in passing yardage per game.
Running back Ben Malena gained 71 yards and two touchdowns and junior receiver Malcome Kennedy snagged six balls for 83 yards and a touchdown.
With that one game buffer victory, the Aggies can re-enter the SEC chase against a Razorback squad starting a four-game stretch against ranked opponents through the heart of the conference.
The Arkansas secondary was burned for 346 passing last week, and lost a 17-point lead to Rutgers for a 28-24 loss. The Razorbacks sorely missed quarterback Brandon Allen, who sat out with a shoulder injury.
Head coach Bret Bielema gave Arkansas fans some big news on Twitter on Friday night to lift their spirits ahead of A&M’s visit.
"Excited for a LIVE crowd in Razorback Stadium to start SEC play. We have a number of players back including QB (at)BrandonAllen-10," Bielema tweeted.
The pair of running backs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams have been the focal point of the Arkansas offense, and gained 88 yards against Rutgers and didn’t reach pay dirt. It was an underwhelming performance for both, as they’re the top ranked rushers in the SEC.
However they could return to form against the Aggies, who are last in the conference in total defense, allowing 30.3 points per game and 873 total rushing yards in three games.
Last season Manziel broke the then-A&M school record for passing in a single game with 453 yards and threw three touchdowns, while rushing for 104 yards and another score in a 58-10 blowout in College Station. But before that debacle, the Razorbacks had owned the Aggies for three straight years.
The game starts at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by ESPN2, or watch live online at Watch ESPN here.
Betting Odds: Texas A&M is favored by 13.5 points.
Over/Under: 63.5 points
Prediction: Texas A&M 40, Arkansas 30