154447505 Preview: No. 16 Texas A&M At No. 17 Miss. St.

COLLEGE STATION, TX – OCTOBER 20: Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies runs the ball against Deion Jones #45 of the LSU Tigers at Kyle Field on October 20, 2012 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

STARKVILLE (AP) – The bulk of Mississippi State’s defensive gameplan for Saturday is pretty simple: slow down Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The problem for the 17th-ranked Bulldogs (7-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) is there’s nothing simple about defending Manziel.

The No. 16 Aggies (6-2, 3-2) have the most prolific offense in the league, and the biggest reason is Manziel. The redshirt freshman leads the SEC with 99 rushing yards per game and is third with 277 passing yards per game. He’s thrown for 16 touchdowns and rushed for 13 more, helping Texas A&M score more than 45 points per game.

Mississippi State should provide a potent challenge. The Bulldogs have been especially good on pass defense, grabbing 12 interceptions and returning two of them for touchdowns.

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