The LSU Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies will renew their rivalry this Saturday in college station for the first time in a regular season game since 1995 in which the Aggies beat LSU 33-17 in college station. LSU however has won the most recent game between the two 41-24 in the Cotton Bowl just a few years ago.
The first meeting between these two storied programs goes all the way back to 1899 and the Aggies destroyed the Tigers 52-0, LSU that season only played 6 games and won 2, one against Tulane and one against Lake Charles High School, that’s right they play a high school team.
The rivalry for these two teams really picks up in 1906 when the teams started playing each other every year; LSU holds the overall record at 27-20-3. The Tigers have also had the Aggies number in both the Orange Bowl and the Cotton Bowl. But before the rivalry was ended in 1995, Texas A&M had strung together 5 straight regular season wins against the Tigers in the mid 90’s who at the time were a struggling program.
Both teams this time feature a top 25 ranked team #6 LSU comes in (6-1, 2-1 SEC) and the #18 Aggies of A&M are (5-1, 2-1 SEC) this game should get the old rivalry back in full force and prove to be yet another tough game on the schedule for LSU to face each season.
LSU’s defense will need to be just as sharp this week against Johnny Manziel as they were last week against Conner Shaw. Manziel a freshman does like to run the ball a bit more coming into this week with 91 carries for 676 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns while averaging 7.4 yards a carry.
Their running back Ben Malena has 60 carries for 380 yards and only 3 touchdowns. But Manziel is not just a runner he also has thrown for 1680 passing yards on 128 completions with another 14 touchdowns threw the air, this kid is not one dimensional and can attack any defense threw the air or on the ground.
LSU will need to try and not be one dimensional on defense in order to confuse the freshman as he goes up against one of the best defenses in the country. Texas A&M is ranked 5th in points scored a game averaging over 40 points a game while LSU is ranked 8th in points against only giving up 14 a contest. This is a formula for yet another smash mouth SEC battle.
LSU’s offense will need to control the time of possession as they did last week against South Carolina as well as run the ball effectively. Both of those things working together will help LSU beat A&M. Jeremy Hill ran his best game yet as a Tiger with 124 yards and two touchdowns against the Gamecocks last week, one of his rushes going for a 50 yard touchdown to help LSU secure victory. The Tigers will need someone to repeat this performance against the Aggies this week if the Tigers want to be successful on offense.
Mettenberger’s only real blemish last week was a 70 yard interception for a touchdown he threw right into the hands of the waiting Gamecocks which helped South Carolina climb back into the game. He and the Tigers will need to cut down on the turnovers if LSU wants to remain a threat on offense for the remainder of the season.
The game will be aired live on ESPN Sat Oct. 20th at 12pm ET or 11am CT.