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Texas A&M’s biggest “trap” game

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If you were to circle a “trap” game on the 2013 schedule for Texas A&M, look no further than the October 12th meeting against Ole Miss in Oxford. It took last minute heroics and a timely interception last season for the Aggies to escape Vaught-Hemingway with a 30–27 victory.

Because of Southeastern Conference realignment, the Aggies will have to travel to Ole Miss again—just like the Rebels have to play Alabama in Tuscaloosa again.

Vaught-Hemingway will be a welcome sight for Ole Miss when they tangle with the Aggies on October 12th in a re-match of last season’s thriller, as it will be the Rebels’ second home game of the season through six games.

The Aggies will have a bye the week before hitting the road for the second time of the season to play Ole Miss, and will likely be 5-0 or 4-1 on the young season—with the only threat of a loss being Alabama in week three. That being said, the Aggies could possibly adorn a No. 1 ranking if they can topple Alabama again and coast past SMU and Arkansas as they gear up for the Rebels.

Both Kevin Sumlin and Hugh Freeze exceeded expectations in their first seasons as head coach of each team, with Sumlin leading the Aggies to an 11-2 record, producing a Heisman quarterback in the process, and a Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma. Freeze led the Rebels to a 7-6 record and a BBVA Compass Bowl win over Pittsburgh.

The Rebels’ toughest part of their schedule is undoubtedly through the first six games, as it opens the season on the road against Vanderbilt, then enjoys a cupcake at home against Southeast Missouri State University, and then plays three tough road games at Texas, Alabama and Auburn.

Ole Miss will be much improved this season with Bo Wallace returning at quarterback, and leading rusher Jeff Scott and leading receiver Donte Moncrief returning—not to mention a Rivals No. 7 recruiting class headlined by the No. 1 recruit in the nation, Robert Nkemdiche, and five-star recruits Laquon Treadwell and Laremy Tunsil.

The Rebels have enough talent to win games and challenge every team it plays, but they also have two or three challenging games they could lose before playing the Aggies October 14 to fuel their fire. If the Aggies beat Alabama and are undefeated going into Ole Miss, and the Rebels have a loss or two as they return home for the second time all season, does that make Ole Miss the scariest team on the Aggies’ schedule that they could fall trap to?

The bull’s eye and the possible No. 1 ranking will be illuminating on the Aggies’ back when the team bus pulls into Vaught-Hemingway.

Football is all about matchups, and if last season’s game is any indication of how the Rebels matchup to the Aggies, you have to like the Rebels’ chance in 2013. It is a trap Coach Sumlin and the Aggies will try not to fall victim to.

Last year’s 30–27 Aggie victory was the catalyst of the season: The turning point of a young coaching staff and the boost of confidence that carried with redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel all season.

Ironically, the 2013 Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss game will again be the catalyst for both teams, as both the Aggies and Rebels will be trying to punch their tickets to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game.

Photo Credit: Spruce Derden–US PRESSWIRE





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Comments 4

  1. Trap game? ATM will be looking forward to the Auburn game. Yah, that’s it. The open week is before this game so that’s out. no emotional drop off from playing bye that I can see.

  2. I think after last year’s last-minute efforts that were needed to escape with our first SEC road win, I don’t think there there will be much of a tendency to overlook the Ole Miss game, especially in light of the fact that the following week brings an Auburn team to Kyle Field that A&M handled easily last year. I’m more concerned, at this point, of SHSU getting overlooked with what looms on the horizon the following Saturday. That should be a warmup game that could be a storyline changer if we’re caught looking 7 days ahead.

  3. I have to say Arkansas will be A&M’s trap this year. Arkansas will be 4-0 coming into this game and know all to well there has to be an upset for them to be bowl eligible this year. what better time than when A&M is looking ahead to the much anticipated Ole Miss- A&M game. Throw in its after another possible upset of Alabama and a cupcake blowout at home against SMU, this could be a recipe for disaster. Interestingly enough is the constant statement A&M throttled an Arkansas team last year and will be poised to do the same this year. This is a terrible mindset to have on ANY team in the SEC. LSU 2007 for instance almost missed out on a national championship game they would turn out to win off of this very thing. LSU had the west locked going into the last week of the season and lost in triple overtime to the Razorbacks at home. The football gods were merciful on LSU by allowing 2-5 in the rankings to loose out and allow the 2 loss team in but don’t think that this perfect storm happens all the time. Watch out for the piggys revenge aggies it could happen.

  4. This afternoon I watched a no-huddle recording on this game. A&M had trouble stopping Ole Miss. Even so, the game wouldn’t have been as close if A&M didn’t turn the ball over six times. This game showed how raw Manziel still was at that point in the season. By the end of the season, he was a much improved player and far less mistake prone.

    Somehow, I think the team will be wired for this game, which probably ranks just behind LSU and Alabama as a concern before the season. In the SEC, nothing can be taken for granted.

    Arkansas and Auburn both have talent and now, both have coaches. I suspect both of these games will be challenges.