Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M - TV Details and Statistical Preview

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A top-down look at the numbers in the Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M game, as well as TV details.

[Now that we've got a decent-but-not-good-and-far-from-great sample size of games to work with, Fit4LifeLLC and I - but mostly him - will work to give you a look at the numbers heading into our opponents for the remainder of the season. This week, the Texas A&M Aggies come to town.]

Date and Time: Saturday, October 12th, 7:30 PM Central

Location: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Mississippi

Television: ESPN or Watch ESPN

Favorites: Texas A&M by 6.5

Texas A & M, led by Johnny "Football" Manziel (Texans come up with very clever nicknames, y'all), come to Oxford for the second year in a row.  Last year's contest was very competitive and ultimately frustrating for Rebel fans, with the Aggies scoring 13 points in the games final 5 minutes to win 30-27. This season, the Aggie offense has proven to be very deep, talented and efficient. Many detractors of Texas A&M thought that the losses along the offensive line might cause some slow down of the up tempo style they play. Those detractors were wrong because, if anything, they seem to be better. Manziel's play making ability once the play breaks down is one of the difficult things to defend about this offense. The Aggies boast a deep receiving corps led by a future NFL draft pick Mike Evans, but don't be fooled into thinking this is all the Aggies have. Even after losing a top recruit in Ricky Seals Jones to a knee injury, Aggie QB's have completed passes to 18 different receivers. Ben Malena is also a force to be reckoned with in the rushing game, meaning that Texas A&M isn't as much a "Johnny Football and ten other guys" type of team that fans seem to assume they are.

The Aggie defense on the other hand has appeared to be shaky and unable to shut down opposing teams to this point in the season. They are currently last in the SEC in total offense (476.8 ypg) and second to last in scoring defense (30.8 ppg). Naturally, this is partially a function of their high scoring offense (more possessions for one team does lead to more possessions for the other, and therefore more opportunities to score), but they've generally struggled to stop their opponents, particularly on the ground. Due to a lack of depth on the defensive side of the ball the Aggies have had to pull redshirt status from several this year. Making matters worse, the Aggies lost starting defensive tackle Kirby Ennis for the year against Arkansas with a torn ACL.

The Rebels desperately need to get back into some semblance of rhythm this week as they have had difficulty getting the running game going the last two weeks. The ability to run the ball and control tempo will prove to be the best defense for the Rebels. Last year, the ability to hold on to the ball, coupled with an opportunistic defense creating 6 turnovers (good luck duplicating that) kept the Rebels close and almost allowed them to pull off the upset. This year will require a similar performance, and then some. Over the last two weeks, opposing teams have done a good job defending the zone read to the boundary. The Rebels tried to adjust last week by using Barry Brunetti and I'Tavius Mathers more inside but seemingly lost too many 1 on 1's and got behind on the scoreboard early for that to have a significant impact.  It will be interesting to see if the Rebels show some improvement and place an stronger emphasis on the inside running game with the absence of Kirby Ennis.

The Keys to the Game this week:

1) Offense has to get back into rhythm

2) Defense must force a few turnovers

3) Neutralize Manziel by controlling the clock

Statistical Leaders

Name

Interceptions

Comp %

Yards

TD

Rating

Johnny Manziel

4

71.4

1489

14

297.8

Matt Joeckel

0

64.3

253

1

126.5

Name

Attempts

Yards

Average

TD

Long

Johnny Manziel

48

338

6.5

3

21

Ben Malena

57

308

5.3

7

25

Tra Carson

41

235

5.6

4

22

Trey Williams

15

122

8.1

1

31

Name

Receptions

Yards

Average

TD

Long

Mike Evans

28

691

24.7

5

95

Malcome Kennedy

23

242

10.5

4

34

Derel Walker

19

264

13.9

0

32

Sabian Holmes

13

145

11.2

1

33

Ben Malena

10

97

9.7

1

23

LaQuvionte Gonzalez

6

51

8.5

0

13

Edward Pope

4

39

9.8

0

12

Ricky Seals-Jones

3

84

28

1

71

OFFENSE     TAMU                TAMU DEFENSE

Scoring

246

154

First Downs

147

121

Rushing Yardage

1107

1074

Passing Yardage

1825

1310

Total Offense

2932

2384

Total Plays

381

362

Average Per Play

7.7

6.6

OFFENSE  OM                                 OM DEFENSE

Scoring

136

126

First Downs

116

96

Rushing Yardage

920

879

Passing Yardage

1219

928

Total Offense

2139

1807

Total Plays

384

344

Average Per Play

5.6

5.3

Misc Statistical Comparisons

OM

TAMU

Turnovers

8

5

Punting

20 for 933yds (39.7 yds net)

15 for 723yds (40.5 yds net)

Time of Possession (avg)

27:32

27:59

3rd Conversion %

41% (30 for 74)

57% (34 for 60)

4th Conversion %

53% (9 for 17)

60% (3 for 5)

Sacks

5 for 24 yards lost

4 for 15 yards lost

FG

6 for 8 (75%)

4 for 5 (80%)

Red Zone Scoring

79% (15 for 19)

83% (29 for 35)

Penalties

24 for 201 yards

(40.2 yds/game)

33 for 300 yards

(60 yards/game)

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