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.
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