Posted on November 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM
STARKVILLE, Miss.—The bulk of Mississippi State’s defensive gameplan for Saturday is pretty simple: slow down Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
The problem for the 17th-ranked Bulldogs (7-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) is there’s nothing simple about defending Manziel.
The No. 16 Aggies (6-2, 3-2) have the most prolific offense in the league, and the biggest reason is Manziel. The redshirt freshman leads the SEC with 99 rushing yards per game and is third with 277 passing yards per game. He’s thrown for 16 touchdowns and rushed for 13 more, helping Texas A&M score more than 45 points per game.
Mississippi State should provide a potent challenge. The Bulldogs have been especially good on pass defense, grabbing 12 interceptions and returning two of them for touchdowns.