The AT&T Cotton Bowl is just a few days, and helping us with our bowl coverage are the fine folks over at SB Nation’s Good Bull Hunting. They are undoubtedly one of the best Texas A&M blogs on the internet and have been pumping out some of the best content over the Holiday season. We asked one of their writers to partake in our FBQ series and here is what he had to say:
1. How do you think A&M will game plan on offense against the Sooners defense?
It will be interesting to see if any rust has developed in the past month to hamper the rhythm and tempo of our offense. We benefitted in our inaugural season in the SEC from a game plan that was largely foreign to SEC defenses. Obviously the Sooner D is accustomed to fast, spread offenses. Right now the Aggie offense has the luxury of balance. We have backs that can pound it between the tackles. We’re very deep at receiver. We also have a QB that can let a play completely breakdown and either rip off a big run or connect on a deep pass. Basically, I think Sumlin is going to try to get Manziel into the aforementioned rhythm with some early high-percentage pass plays with some running mixed in. Then adjustments will be made to counter the looks presented by the Stoops brothers.
2. Who’s one player besides Johnny Manziel OU fans have to be weary of that could be a huge difference maker and why?
Ryan Swope rightfully gets a lot of national attention, but he might not be our best receiver right now. Redshirt frosh Mike Evans is a very tough mismatch for DBs. He’s big and athletic. He really goes up and gets the ball and is very dangerous in the red zone. Manziel loves going his way.
3. Where would you rank Landry Jones amongst the quarterbacks the Aggies have already faced?
I think he’s the best QB we’ve faced this year. Colby Cameron from Louisiana Tech and AJ McCarron are up there too, but I’d slot them behind Jones.
4. Who has a bigger statement to make: Oklahoma or Texas A&M?
Man, I don’t know. There are a lot of bragging rights on the line. Conference pride runs deep in this matchup. I think A&M needs this win to continue the momentum and to silence our Big 12 neighbors. Hell, it seems like most Horns are pulling for y’all. Strange times we are living in.
5. Who will be victorious Friday?
I’ll take the Ags 45-41. I think it is going to be a fun, high-scoring game. Projecting bowl outcomes is tough business. Whichever team is more disciplined and crisp after the long layoff will likely win. I’m interested to see how Johnny handles the spotlight after what has been a whirlwind month for him.
Bonus: Is Texas A&M the best team in the state?
The Houston Texans might be slightly better, but I’ll take our quarterback. Otherwise, yes, A&M is the best team in the great state of Texas.