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Game Notes: Texas A&M vs Mississippi State

November 05, 2013
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Game #10 / Aggies vs. Bulldogs

Mississippi State (4-4, 1-3 vs. SEC)

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Texas A&M (7-2, 3-2 vs. SEC)

KICKOFF/DATE: 2:30 p.m. (CT), Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013

SITE        Kyle Field, College Station, Texas (Cap. 82,589)

TELEVISION        CBS (national)

                Tim Brando, play-by-play

                Aaron Taylor, commentary

                Kristina Akra, sideline reporter

RADIO   ESPN Radio (National)

                Marc Kestecher, play-by-play

                David Norrie, commentary

                Joe Schad, sideline

                Texas A&M Sports Network

                Dave South, play-by-play

                Dave Elmendorf, commentary

                Will Johnson, sideline

                (Texas A&M feed on SiriusXM channel: Sirius 108 / XM 200)

RANKINGS                Texas A&M  (No. 15 - BCS / No. 11 - AP / No. 13 - USA Today)

                                      Mississippi State (NR - BCS / NR - AP / NR - Usa today)

SERIES HISTORY      Series is tied, 3-3 (Last meeting: Texas A&M 38, at Mississippi St. 13,11/3/2012)

LIVE AUDIO              aggieathletics.com, radioaggieland.com

STATS                          tamu.statbroadcast.com (password located on flipcard)

AGGIES SEEK PROGRAM’S 700th WIN

Texas A&M will be seeking its 700th victory in program history when the No. 11 Aggies host Mississippi State in a nationally-televised game at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Kyle Field. With a win, the Aggies would become the 17th school in NCAA FBS history to reach the 700-win plateau. Georgia Tech will also be seeking its 700th win on Saturday in a 6 p.m. CT matchup against Pittsburgh.

•             The series between Texas A&M and Mississippi State is tied at 3-3. The Aggies won the most recent meeting 38-13 last year in Starkville, Miss.

•             While Texas A&M and Mississippi State have met in the state of Texas four times previously, it will be just the second time the two teams have met in College Station. The only previous meeting in College Station was a 6-0 Bulldog win in 1913.

TAMU vs. MSU Series

1912:       TAMU, 41-7                at Houston, Texas

1913:       MSU, 6-0                     College Station

1915:       MSU, 7-0                     at Dallas

1937:       TAMU, 14-0                at Tyler, Texas

2000:       MSU, 43-41 (OT)       at Shreveport, La.

2012:       TAMU, 38-13              at Starkville

•             CONNECTIONS: Former Texas A&M head coaches Emory Bellard and Jackie Sherrill both served as head coaches at Mississippi State ... MSU offensive coordinator Les Koenning Jr. served two assistant coaching stints at A&M (1994-96, 2003-07) ... Texas A&M Senior Assoc. AD/External Affairs Jason Cook is a MSU grad and began his career in athletics in the Bulldog media relations office.

FINAL HOME GAME FOR SENIOR CLASS OF ‘13

Thirteen Aggie seniors will play their final games at Kyle Field when the Aggies take on Mississippi State on Saturday. Highlights of their careers include:

•             Compiled a 34-14 overall record entering Saturday’s game.

•             Became the seventh senior class to play in four bowl games, joining the seniors of 1978, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2001 and 2012.

•             Have led the Aggies to a top 25 ranking in 21 consecutive editions of the AP and Coaches polls entering the Mississipp State game.

•             Have helped A&M to bowl wins in back-to-back seasons for first time since 1939 and 1940.

•             A&M is in the midst of a 10-game road winning streak, which matches a school record originally set in 1939-40.

•             Helped the 2010 team to a Big 12 South tri-championship, and the 2012 team to a No. 5 final national ranking (highest since 1956)

Senior Class of 2013

Nate Askew               San Antonio, Texas

Kirby Ennis                  Huntsville, Texas

Nehemiah Hicks       Hutto, Texas

Toney Hurd Jr.           Missouri City, Texas

Tramain Jacobs         Covington, La.

Steven Jenkins          Pensacola, Fla.

Shep Klinke                Katy, Texas

Travis Labhart            Whitesboro, Texas

Gaston Lamascus     Navasota, Texas

Ben Malena                Cedar Hill, Texas

Jake Matthews         Missouri City, Texas

Kyle Serres                 Spring, Texas

Derel Walker              Hillsboro, Texas

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

•             Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel needs four passing touchdowns to match Jerrod Johnson’s school record of 30 passing TDs from 2009.

•             Manziel needs 26 rushing yards to reach 2,000 for career. He would join Bucky Richardson as A&M’s only QB 2,000-yard rushers (He needs 122 to break Richardson’s school QB rushing record). When he reachs 2,000 rushing yards, he will become the 18th FBS player with 2,000 rushing yards and 6,000 passing yards in his career.

•             Manziel needs 133 passing yards to reach 3,000 in just 10 games in 2013. He would be the first Aggie to surpass the 3,000-yard plateau twice. It’s only been done three times previously at Texas A&M.

•             Biletnikoff Award candidate Mike Evans needs just 61 receiving yards to surpass Ryan Swope’s school record of 1,207 set in 2011. With his next receiving TD, he will take sole possession of A&M’s record for receiving touchdowns in a season (tied with Jeff Fuller at 12).

•             The Aggies are in the midst of a streak of eight straight games with 500-plus total yards, which is easily the longest streak in the FBS. Oregon has the second longest streak with four straight 500-yard games.

•             Texas A&M takes a FBS-best 12-game streak of 40-point games into the Mississippi State game.

•             As a team, the Aggies lead the SEC in scoring (49.0 points/game), total offense (582.6 yards/game), passing (371.8 yards/game), pass efficiency (178.5 rating), punting (48.5 avg.) and net punting (41.3 avg.), and first downs (29.1/game).

Elite balance

Schools Averaging 300 Pass / 200 Rush

School                   Passing         Rushing

Baylor                   417.3             301.1

Florida State       339.4             209.8

Oregon                 300.6             331.5

Texas A&M         371.8             210.8

Schools with 25 Rush TD / 25 Pass TD

School                   Rush TD        Pass TD

Ohio State           27                   29

Texas A&M         27                   29

Fast learners

•             While most of the attention goes to veteran receivers like Mike Evans and Malcome Kennedy, first-year players have combined to contribute 38 catches for 457 yards and five receiving touchdowns in 2013.

“Fast start”-ers

One of the opening periods of head coach Kevin Sumlin’s practices is called “fast start.” Occurring just after warmups, “fast start” features several live-action 11-on-11 series just like a game situation. He started implementing the period when his teams at the University of Houston were getting off to slow starts.

•             Texas A&M has scored nine or more points in the first quarter of eight consecutive games. In 22 games under Sumlin, the Aggies have scored at least 14 first-quarter points 13 times.

•             Texas A&M has scored first in 21 of 22 games under Kevin Sumlin. The only game when the Aggies didn’t score first was the 2013 season opener against Rice.

•             On opening offensive series under Sumlin, the Aggies have scored 18 of 22 times with an impressive 17 touchdowns.

•             In first quarters under Sumlin (22 games), the Aggies have outscored their opponents 275-99 or an average of 12.5-4.5.

•             Mark Snyder’s Aggie defense has forced a punt, turnover or turnover on downs on 15 of 22 opening series.

•             The Aggie defense has forced three-and-outs on the opponents’ opening possession of the second half in five of nine games this season (Only six total first downs allowed).

•             A&M has yielded a touchdown on an opponents’ first chance with the ball after halftime just once this season (SHSU), while the Aggie defense has notched a defensive score twice.

Mike Evans

6-5 + 225 + So-1L + Galveston, Texas (Ball)

CATEGORY                                                  SEC                 FBS

Receiving Yards/G         127.4               #1                   #4

Receiving Yards               1,147               #1                   #2

Receiving TDs                  12                     #1                   #3

30-Yard Catches              15                     #1                   #1

Noting Mike Evans

•             Sophomore WR Mike Evans has two of the SEC’s top five receiving games -- 287 vs. Auburn, 2013 and 279 vs. Alabama, 2013. He is the only SEC receiver with multiple 225-yard plus receiving games.

•             Evans had 279 receiving yards vs. Alabama. Throwing out A&M, the next highest receiving yards total AS A TEAM against the Tide is 228 by Colorado State.

•             Evans’ mammoth 279-yard effort against the Crimson Tide shattered Ken “Dude” McLean’s school record of 250 receiving yards (13 catches) against Texas in 1965.

•             Against teams ranked in the AP Top 25, Evans leads or is tied for the lead in the FBS in 20-yard catches (13) and 30-yard catches (10).

•             Evans’ 95-yard catch against Alabama was the second-longest catch in school history and the seventh-longest in SEC history.

•             Evans is one of only six receivers in FBS to already surpass the 1,000-yard plateau.

•             Evans’ 523 yards on 18 catches (29.1 per catch) in the first quarter in 2013 ranks No. 1 among FBS receivers.

•             He leads the nation with 15 catches of 30 or more yards.

•             His 12 receiving TDs leads the SEC and ranks No. 3 in FBS.

•             His four receiving TDs vs. Auburn tied the school record originally set by Ryan Swope against Baylor in 2011.

•             Evans has at least one 20-yard catch in 20-of-22 career games.

SEC’s Top 5 Receiving Games

303         Cobi Hamilton, ARK vs. Rutgers, 2012

293         Josh Reed, LSU vs. Alabama, 2001

287         Mike Evans, A&M vs. Auburn, 2013

281         Jarius Wright, ARK vs. A&M, 2011

279         Mike Evans, A&M vs. Alabama, 2013

FBS Receiving TDs Leaders

14           Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

14           Davante Adams, Fresno State

12           Mike Evans, Texas A&M

10           Four players

FBS Receiving Yards Leaders

1,344     Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

1,147     Mike Evans, Texas A&M

1,057     Willie Snead, Ball State

1,043     Allen Robinson, Penn State

1,035     Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

Most 30-Yard-Plus Catches

15           Mike Evans, Texas A&M

14           Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

12           Antwan Goodley, Baylor

11           Sammie Coates, Auburn

11           Allen Robinson, Penn State

Yards Per Catch Average

(minimum of 40 catches)

22.1        Mike Evans, Texas A&M

21.1        Odell Beckham, LSU

18.7        Chandler Jones, San Jose State

18.0        Jeremy Gallon, Michigan

17.5        Ezell Ruffin, San Diego State

Texas A&M Record Book:

Season Receptions

89           Ryan Swope, 2011

82           Mike Evans, 2012

72           Ryan Swope, 2012

72           Jeff Fuller, 2010

72           Ryan Swope, 2010

Closing in...

52           Mike Evans, 2013

Season Receiving Yards

1,207     Ryan Swope, 2011

1,147     Mike Evans, 2013

1,105     Mike Evans, 2012

1,066     Jeff Fuller, 2010

913         Ryan Swope, 2012

Season Receiving TDs

12           Mike Evans, 2013

12           Jeff Fuller, 2010

11           Ryan Swope, 2011

8              Four times

Career Receptions

252         Ryan Swope, 2009-12

233         Jeff Fuller, 2008-11

172         Terrence Murphy, 2001-04

152         Uzoma Nwachukwu, 2009-12

134         Mike Evans, 2012-

Career Receiving Yards

3,117     Ryan Swope, 2009-12

3,092     Jeff Fuller, 2008-11

2,600     Terrence Murphy, 2001-04

2,252     Mike Evans, 2012-

2,239     Uzoma Nwachukwu, 2009-12

Career Receiving TDs

34           Jeff Fuller, 2008-11

24           Ryan Swope, 2009-12

19           Uzoma Nwachukwu, 2009-12

19           Bob Long, 1966-68

17           Mike Evans, 2012-

Johnny Manziel

6-1 + 210 + So-1L + Kerrville, Texas (Tivy)

CATEGORY                                                        SEC             FBS

Total Offense                        3,431               #1               #1

Pass Efficiency                       185.01             #1               #4

Pts. Responsibility/G          22.7                  #1               #1

Completion Pct.                    .725                  #1               #3

Noting Johnny Manziel

•             Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel has five career games with more than 500 total yards. The rest of the SEC has nine.

•             Manziel has zero interceptions on third-down plays or in the fourth quarter.

•             Manziel is one of six players in FBS averaging 10-plus yards per pass attempt.

•             Manziel has generated 300-plus total yards in 18 straight starts. He’s rushed or passed for two or more TDs in 15 straight games.

•             When the Aggies are trailing by 1-7 points in 2013, Manziel’s completion percentage bulges to 84.6 percent.

•             Manziel has rushed for 100 yards and passed for 200 yards in a game eight times in his career. He’s had four 100/300 games.

•             According to ESPN Stats & Info, Manziel has 11 career games with at least 200 passing yards, one passing TD and one rushing TD, which is the most by any player in FBS since the beginning of 2012.

SEC’s Top 5 Total O Games

576         Johnny Manziel, A&M vs. LTech, 2012

562         Johnny Manziel, A&M vs. Bama, 2013

557         Johnny Manziel, A&M vs. ARK, 2012

540         Archie Manning, UM vs. Bama, 1969

540         Rohan Davey, LSU vs. Bama, 2001

FBS 4th Q Completion %

(minimum of 30 attempts)

83.3        Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

79.7        Shane Carden, East Carolina

78.8        Tyler Tettleton, Ohio

73.3        Grant Hedrick, Boise State

72.3        Brendon Kay, Cincinnati

FBS 4th Q Pass Rating

231.22   Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

192.81   John O’Korn, Houston

190.29   Jake Water, Kansas State

189.34   Zach Mettenberger, LSU

181.14   Austyn Carta-Samuels, Vanderbilt

FBS 3rd Down Completion %

76.9        Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

73.6        Chuckie Keeton, Utah State

72.8        Shane Carden, East Carolina

72.5        Jameis Winston, Florida State

71.2        A.J. McCarron, Alabama

FBS 3rd Down Pass Rating

244.42   Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

229.21   Bryce Petty, Baylor

214.37   Tedd Bridgewater, Louisville

203.92   Jameis Winston, Florida State

194.05   Zach Mettenberger, LSU

FBS Completion %

(minimum of 250 attempts)

73.6        Shane Carden, East Carolina

72.5        Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

69.2        Derek Carr, Fresno State

68.7        Corey Robinson, Troy

67.9        Sean Mannion, Oregon State

FBS Pass Efficiency

219.01   Bryce Petty, Baylor

201.12   Jameis Winston, Florida State

191.63   Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

185.01   Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

178.49   Marcus Mariota, Oregon

FBS Pass Touchdowns

31           Sean Mannion, Oregon State

28           Derek Carr, Fresno State

26           Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

24           Jameis Winston, Florida State

23           Three Players

FBS Total Offense

3,431     Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

3,366     Sean Mannion, Oregon State

3,119     Derek Carr, Fresno State

3,021     Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

3,015     Connor Halliday, Washington State

FBS Pts. Responsible For

204         Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

192         Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

190         Sean Mannion, Oregon State

180         Derek Carr, Fresno State

174         Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Johnny 500

500-Yard Total Offense Games (SEC history)

Johnny Manziel, A&M             576 vs. LTech, 2012

Johnny Manziel, A&M             562 vs. Ala., 2013

Johnny Manziel, A&M             557 vs. Ark., 2012

Archie Manning, UM                540 vs. Ala., 1969

Rohan Davey, LSU                     540 vs. Ala., 2001

Tim Tebow, UF                            533 vs. Cinci., 2009

Eric Zeier, UGa.                           527 vs. USM, 1993

Jared Lorenzen, UK                   525 vs. UGa., 2000

Whit Taylor, Vandy                    521 vs. UT, 1981

Chris Nickson, Vandy                517 vs. UK, 2006

Johnny Manziel, A&M             516 vs. OU, 2012

Steve Taneyhill, USC                 512 vs. MSU, 1995

Peyton Manning, UT.               508 vs. UK, 1997

Johnny Manziel, A&M             502 vs. AU, 2013

Manziel nears statistical milestone

After 22 career games, Aggie sophomore QB Johnny Manziel is nearing a statistical milestone generally known only to upperclassmen. With 1,974 rushing yards and 6,573 passing yards, Manziel needs 26 rushing yards to become the 18th player in FBS history to have 2,000 rushing yards and 6,000 passing yards in his career.

NCAA FBS players with 2,000 rushing/6,000 passing

Player, School                                                  Years                     Rushing      Passing

Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan              2006-09                2,948           12,905

Robert Griffin III, Baylor                              2008-11                2,254           10,366

Colin Kaepernick, Nevada                          2007-10                4,112           10,098

Tim Tebow, Florida                                        2006-09                2,947           9,285

Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois        2008-11                2,983           8,944

Brad Smith, Missouri                                    2002-05                4,289           8,799

Matt Grothe, South Florida                       2006-09                2,206           8,669

B.J. Daniels, South Florida                          2008-12                2,068           8,433

Juice Williams, Illinois                                   2006-09                2,557           8,037

Antwaan Randle El, Indiana                       1998-2001            3,895           7,469

Joshua Cribbs, Kent St.                                2001-04                3,670           7,169

Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech                         2007-10                2,196           7,017

Taylor Martinez, Nebraska                         2010-present     2,975           7,258

Denard Robinson, Michigan                      2009-12                4,495           6,250

Cody Fajardo, Nevada                                 2011-present     2,128           6,243

Patrick White, West Virginia                      2005-08                4,480           6,049

Vince Young, Texas                                       2003-05                3,127           6,040

Closing in on 2,000/6,000

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M                     2012-present     1,974           6,573

Defensive spark

Since giving up a season-high 615 total yards in game 7 to Auburn, the Aggie defense has responded with its two best statistical games of the season

•             After seven games, the Aggies were allowing 494.4 yards per game. In the last two games, the Aggies allowed an average of 263.5 yards -- 152.5 passing and 111.0 rushing.

•             Aggies allowed 30 offensiveTDs in the first seven games (4.2 per game), but have given up just four in the last two contests (2.0).

•             The Aggies had eight INTs in the first seven games and six in the last two. Similarly, the Aggies had seven QB sacks in the first seven games and nine in the last two.

40-point streak

The Aggies have scored 40 or more points in 12 straight games dating back to 2012, which is the longest streak in FBS.

2012 Season

Sam Houston State       W, 47-28

Missouri                             W, 59-29

vs. Oklahoma                   W, 41-13

2013 Season

Rice                                      W, 52-31

Sam Houston State       W, 65-28

Alabama                            L, 49-42

SMU                                    W, 42-13

at Arkansas                       W, 45-33

at Ole Miss                        W, 41-38

Auburn                               L, 45-41

Vanderbilt                         W, 56-24

UTEP                                   W, 57-7

400-Yard streak

The Aggies gained 564 yards against UTEP last week, which marked the 21st straight game that the offense has surpassed the 400-yard plateau and is easily the longest streak in school history, as well as the second-longest in the NCAA FBS.

•             Since head coach Kevin Sumlin’s arrival in College Station, the Aggies have surpassed 400 in 21-of-22 games.

•             The Aggies have gained 500 or more yards in eight straight games, and 15 times in 22 games under Sumlin.

•             Digging deeper into the Aggies’ offensive surge, Texas A&M has posted 48 400-plus yardage outputs in 61 total games since shifting to a no-huddle, up-tempo offense in 2009. During that span, the Aggies have hit the 500-yard level 33 times. As a point of comparison, the Aggies reached 400 total yards in just 18 games in the decade of games prior to 2009 (116 games).

500-Yard streak

The Aggies have gained 500 or more yards in eight straight games, which is longest streak in the FBS.

Consecutive 500-yard games

Texas A&M                     8

Oregon                             4

Florida State                   4

Northern Illinois           3

Arizona State                 3

Several teams with     2

texAS A&M in the rankings

The Texas A&M football team was ranked No. 15 in the third edition of the Bowl Championship Series standings on Sunday. The 7-2 Aggies were one of six Southeastern Conference school including in the BCS standings, joining No. 1 Alabama, No. 8 Missouri, No. 9 Auburn, No. 12 South Carolina and No. 13 LSU. The Aggies have already faced the Crimson Tide and Auburn, with Missouri and LSU left on their schedule.

•             The Aggies entered the 2013 season with a top 10 preseason ranking in The Associated Press poll for the 13th time in school history. The Aggies were No. 7 in the AP poll, and No. 6 in the USA Today coaches poll. 

•             It was the highest AP preseason rank since starting No. 7 in 1999, and the No. 6 ranking by the coaches was the highest since bing ranked No. 6 in the 1995 poll.

•             With this week’s No. 11 AP/No. 13 USA Today ranking, the Aggies have been ranked in 21 straight editions of the polls.

•             Texas A&M finished 2012 ranked No. 5 in both the media and coaches polls. It was A&M’s highest final rank since 1956.

Aggies in the Rankings (2013 week by week)

Poll                   PrE     S3       S8         S15     S22     S29       O6      O13  O20      O27      N3      N10      N17      N24        D1           Final

AP                    #7       #7       #6         #10     #10     #9         #9       #7     #14       #12       #11

USA Today    #6       #7       #6         #9       #9       #9         #9       #7     #15       #14       #13

BCS                              --         --           --         --         --           --         --       #16       #12       #15

Red Zone Travels

Texas A&M leads the NCAA FBS in red zone chances, scores, total touchdowns and red zone rushing TDs.

FBS Red Zone Chances

Rk       School                               RZ Chances

1.        Texas A&M                     61

2.        Texas Tech                      54

            Oregon State                 54

4.        Northern Illinois           53

            Western Kentucky      53

FBS Red Zone Scores

Rk       School                               RZ Scores

1.        Texas A&M                     50

2.        Texas Tech                      46

            Northern Illinois           46

            Arizona State                 46

4.        Two teams                      44

FBS Red Zone Total TDs

Rk       School                               RZ TD

1.        Texas A&M                     44

2.        Ohio State                       38

3.        Northern Illinois           36

            Oregon                             36

5.        Two teams                      35

FBS Red Zone Rushing TDs

Rk       School                               RZ Rush TD

1.        Texas A&M                     26

           Navy                                  26

3.        Baylor                               25

4.        Oregon                             24

5.        Two teams                      23

Youth Movement

•             The Aggies have used 17 true freshmen, four redshirt freshman, two four-year transfers and two junior college transfers for a total of 25 players that have made their maroon and white playing debuts in 2013.

•             Since 1972, the Aggies have awarded varsity letters to 10 or more true freshman in a season only a handful of times: 18 in 2009, 16 in 1980, 11 in 1973 and 10 in 1972 and 2008.

•             Kevin Sumlin’s 2013 signing class included a whopping 31 players.

Notes and Trends

•             Nineteen players have grabbed at least one catch in 2013. From that group, only five are seniors.

•             Seven players have at least 10 catches.

•             Junior WR Malcome Kennedy is three catches shy of joining Mike Evans in the 50-catch club in 2013.

•             Kennedy needs 16 catches for 100 in his career and 65 receiving yards for 1,000 in his career.

•             With three more catches by senior WR Travis Labhart, the Aggies will have four receivers with 30-plus catches in 2013.

•             The Aggie defense has 14 interceptions in 2013, including three “pick-six” INTs.

•             Nine Aggies combine for the 14 interceptions. Those nine players combined for just three pickoffs prior to 2013.

•             Senior LB Steven Jenkins needs two tackles to hit 200 for his career. He is the team’s leading active tackler.

•             Sophomore punter Drew Kaser has put 11 of 26 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Only twice in 2013 has he averaged less than 40 yards in a game. In both instances, Kaser had just one punt attempt and he put it inside the opponent 20.

Maroon Goons clear the way

Paving the way for the Aggies’ offense is one of the biggest offensive fronts in school history, which features a pair of tackles that have been projected to be NFL first-round draft picks in the future. The projected starting five, self-titled the “Maroon Goons,” of senior All-American Jake Matthews (OT), juniors Cedric Ogbuehi (OT) and Jarvis Harrison (OG), sophomore Mike Matthews (C) and redshirt freshman Germain Ifedi (OG) weigh in at 1,526 pounds or 305.2 per goon.

Matthews shifted from right tackle to left tackle to replace Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel, while Ogbuehi moved from guard to right tackle.

Here’s the Beef

Lineman                           Ht               WT         career starts

LT Jake Matthews        6-5              305         42 (42 consecutive)

LG Jarvis Harrison         6-3              325         27 (23 consecutive)

C Mike Matthews        6-2              285         8 (8 consecutive)

RG Germain Ifedi         6-5              311         8 (8 consecutive)

RT Cedric Ogbuehi       6-5              295         26 (0 consecutive)

Matthews ranks among elite

•             Returning All-America offensive tackle Jake Matthews was listed No. 1 on the top 100 college seniors list compiled by NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt.

•             On a pair of 2014 NFL mock drafts, Matthews was projected to be selected fifth overall (first offensive lineman) to the Arizona Cardinals.

•             On Sports Illustrated NFL Draft analyst Chris Burke’s Big Board, Matthews was ranked No. 3, and he was joined by teammates Mike Evans (No. 14) and Johnny Manziel (No. 37).

Midseason honors

•             Sports Illustrated named three Aggies to its Midseason All-America team -- sophomore WR Mike Evans and senior OT Jake Matthews to the first team and sophomore QB Johnny Manziel on the second team.

•             Phil Steele named six Aggies to his Midseason All-SEC team. On the first team were Manziel, Evans and Matthews. Sophomore punter Drew Kaser was named to the second team. Junior OG Jarvis Harrison was named to the third team.

Sumlin Coaching Tree

Kevin Sumlin served as an assistant coach under under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M, Joe Tiller at Purdue and Wyoming, Jim Wacker and Glen Mason at Minnesota and Mike Price at Washington State.

Since becoming a head coach in 2008, four of his assistant coach hires have joined the head coaching ranks: Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia, Tony Levine at Houston, Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech and Brian Polian at Nevada.

Sumlin vs. Top 25

In his sixth season as a head coach, second -year Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin has a career record of 7-5 against ranked teams (in the Associated Press poll).

Sumlin vs. the AP Top 25 (at Texas A&M)

Opponent, Year                        AP rank        Result

Florida, 2012                               No. 24           L, 20-17

vs. Louisiana Tech, 2012        No. 22           W, 59-57

LSU, 2012                                     No. 6             L, 24-19

at Mississippi State, 2012      No. 17           W, 38-13

at Alabama, 2012                      No. 1             W, 29-24

vs. *Oklahoma, 2013              No. 11           W, 41-13

Alabama, 2013                           No. 1             L, 49-42

Auburn, 2013                             No. 24           L, 45-41

Sumlin vs. the AP Top 25 (at Houston)

at East Carolina, 2008              No. 23           W, 41-24

Tulsa, 2008                                  No. 25           W, 70-30

at Oklahoma State, 2009       No. 5             W, 45-35

Southern Miss, 2011               No. 24           L, 49-28

Road Warriors

•             Texas A&M matched a school record with its 10th straight road victory against Ole Miss. The last loss for the Aggies on the road was a 53-50 overtime loss to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., on Nov. 12, 2011. The Aggies’ other 10-game road winning streak was in 1939-40.

•             Kevin Sumlin’s personal “away from home” winning streak stands at 15 games.

Honoring Polo

The Texas A&M football team will honor the memory of fallen teammate Polo Manukainiu with a helmet sticker that reflects his Tongan heritage. The Aggies will wear the circular decal with Manukainiu’s #90 jersey and his first name on it. Inset in the jersey number will be a Tongan-inspired design. The Aggies will wear the decal throughout the 2013 season.

Texas A&M equipment manager Matt Watson said, “We wanted to come up with a tribute to Polo as a player, but also reflect a bit of his personality as well.  After talking with several of his friends and family it was evident how much Polo’s Tongan heritage meant to him.  After trying to incorporate partial elements of Polo’s actual Tongan Tribal arm tattoos we came up with this design that hopefully his family, friends, and teammates will deem a fitting and personal reflection to who he was both on and off the playing field.”

Manukainiu, from Euless, Texas, died along with two other passengers in a tragic automobile accident on July 29, 2013.

One Texas A&M player will wear Polo’s #90 jersey in every game in 2012.

Rice        DT Alonzo Williams

SHSU     DE Tyrell Taylor

Alabama              DT Kirby Ennis

SMU      DE Julien Obioha

Arkansas              DE Gavin Stansbury

Ole Miss               DT Ivan Robison

Auburn DL Jay Arnold

Vanderbilt           DT Isaiah Golden

UTEP     DE Tyrone Thomas

Top 25 Polls (Nov. 4, 2013)

BCS Standings

      RK         TEAM (Record)         Record

      1            Alabama                      8-0

      2            Florida State               8-0

      3            Oregon                         8-0

      4            Ohio State                   9-0

      5            Stanford                      7-1

      6            Baylor                           7-0

      7            Clemson                      8-1

      8            Missouri                       8-1

      9            Auburn                         8-1

      10         Oklahoma                   7-1

      11         Miami (FL)                   7-1

      12         South Carolina           7-2

      13         LSU                                7-2

      14         Oklahoma State        7-1

      15         Texas A&M                 7-2

      16         Fresno State              8-0

      17         Michigan State          8-1

      18         Northern Illinois       9-0

      19         UCLA                             6-2

      20         Louisville                      7-1

      21         UCF                                6-1

      22         Arizona State             6-2

      23         Notre Dame               7-2

      24         Wisconsin                    6-2

      25         Texas Tech                  7-2

Associated Press Top 25

      RK         TEAM                            RECORD   PTS

      1            Alabama (52)             8-0              1491

      2            Oregon (2)                  8-0              1418

      3            Florida State (6)        8-0              1409

      4            Ohio State                   9-0              1315

      5            Baylor                           7-0              1234

      6            Stanford                      7-1              1214

      7            Auburn                         8-1              1082

      8            Clemson                      8-1              1059

      9            Missouri                       8-1              956

      10         LSU                                7-2              863

      11         Texas A&M                 7-2              861

      12         Oklahoma                   7-1              816

      13         South Carolina           7-2              769

      14         Miami (FL)                   7-1              737

      15         Oklahoma State        7-1              662

      16         UCLA                             6-2              515

      17         Fresno State              8-0              493

      18         Michigan State          8-1              478

      19         UCF                                6-1              472

      20         Louisville                      7-1              385

      21         Wisconsin                    6-2              342

      22         Northern Illinois       9-0              322

      23         Arizona State             6-2              197

      24         Notre Dame               7-2              164

      25         Texas Tech                  7-2              102

    Others receiving votes: Texas 34, Georgia 32, Brigham Young 28, Ole Miss 17, Houston 9, Minnesota 7, Washington 6, Michigan 6, Ball State 4, Duke 1

USA Today Poll

      RK         TEAM                            RECORD   PTS

      1            Alabama (54)             8-0              1540

      2            Oregon (5)                  8-0              1475

      3            Florida State (3)        8-0              1436

      4            Ohio State                   9-0              1369

      5            Baylor                           7-0              1299

      6            Stanford                      7-1              1222

      7            Clemson                      8-1              1121

      8            Oklahoma                   7-1              971

      9            Missouri                       8-1              961

      10         Auburn                         8-1              959

      11         Oklahoma State        7-1              864

      12         LSU                                7-2              835

      13         Texas A&M                 7-2              800

      14         Miami (FL)                   7-1              747

      15         South Carolina           7-2              722

      16         Louisville                      7-1              569

      17         Fresno State              8-0              567

      18         UCLA                             6-2              494

      19         Michigan State          8-1              446

      20         Northern Illinois       9-0              409

      21         UCF                                6-1              340

      22         Wisconsin                    6-2              333

      23         Texas Tech                  7-2              217

      24         Arizona State             6-2              130

      25         Notre Dame               7-2              108

    Others receiving votes: Texas 77, Georgia 25, Houston 24, Brigham Young 19, Minnesota 18, Michigan 14, Nebraska 12, Duke 11, Louisiana-Lafayette 5, Ball State 4, Ole Miss 3, Oregon State 2, Arizona 1, USC 1

2013 STANDINGS

Eastern

Team                               All                 SEC

Missouri                         8-1                4-1

South Carolina             7-2                5-2

Georgia                          5-3                4-2

Florida                            4-4                3-3

Tennessee                    4-5                1-4

Vanderbilt                     4-4                1-4

Kentucky                       2-6                0-4

Western

Team                               All                 SEC

Alabama                        8-0                5-0

Auburn                           8-1                4-1

LSU                                  7-2                3-2

Texas A&M                   7-2                3-2

Ole Miss                         5-3                2-3

Mississippi State         4-4                1-3

Arkansas                        3-6                0-5

This Week’s Games

(All Times Central)

GAMES OF SATURDAY, NOV. 9

Auburn (8-1, 4-1 SEC) at Tennessee (4-5, 1-4 SEC)

Noon ET • ESPN Last: AU, 26-22 (2009 in Knoxville)

Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium (102,455)

Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4 SEC) at Florida (4-4, 3-3 SEC)

Noon ET • FSN

Gainesville, Fla. • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (88,548)

Missouri (8-1, 4-1 SEC) at Kentucky (2-6, 0-4 SEC)

Noon ET • ESPNU

Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium (67,942)

Arkansas (3-6, 0-5 SEC) at Ole Miss (5-3, 2-3 SEC)

11:21 a.m. CT • SEC TV

Oxford, Miss. • Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580)

Appalachian State (2-7) at Georgia (5-3, 4-2 SEC)

12:30 p.m. ET • WSB-TV (Atlanta, Ga.)

Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)

Mississippi State (4-4, 1-3 SEC) at Texas A&M (7-2, 3-2 SEC)

2:30 p.m. CT • CBS

College Station, Texas • Kyle Field (83,002)

LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) at Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC)

7 p.m. CT • CBS

Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)

OPEN: South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC)

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