Freshman QB sparks Aggies' rebound

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel has led SEC newcomer Texas A&M to five consecutive wins and a 5-1 start. The Aggies, who are 2-1 in the conference, play host to Louisiana State on Saturday.   FILE/OXFORD EAGLE
FILE/OXFORD EAGLE
Quarterback Johnny Manziel has led SEC newcomer Texas A&M to five consecutive wins and a 5-1 start. The Aggies, who are 2-1 in the conference, play host to Louisiana State on Saturday.

Texas A&M. After opening with a loss to Florida, the Southeastern Conference West Division newcomer has won five in a row on the strength of its freshman quarterback.

Johnny Manziel is leading the league in rushing (112.7 yards a game) and is third in passing yardage (280 per game).

WHO'S NOT

Gene Chizik. The Auburn coach is free-falling faster than Felix Baumgartner. The Tigers, the 2010 national champs, have won seven of their past 17 games and are 1-5 this season, their lone win an overtime victory over Louisiana-Monroe.

Auburn is a seven-point underdog this week at the powerhouse known as … Vanderbilt. If the Tigers keep playing like they are, Chizik could break the sound barrier in his descent.

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC). The Gamecocks lost nothing in defeat at Louisiana State University. The big game is this week.

2. Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC). The Bulldogs are back in the SEC East race, sort of. Let’s talk next week.

3. Clemson (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Tigers wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is leading the league in receiving (49 catches, 777 yards).

4. Georgia Tech (2-4, 1-3 ACC). Yellow Jackets lead the league with 331 rushing yards a contest.

SATURDAY'S GAMES

• Virginia Tech at Clemson, noon (ABC-Ch. 6)

• Georgia Southern at Furman, 1:30 p.m. (No TV)

• Boston College at Georgia Tech, 3 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)

• South Carolina at Florida, 3:30 p.m. (CBS-Ch. 12)

• Georgia at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (Fox Sports Net)

THIS WEEK'S STORYLINES

Clemson: The Tigers come off a bye week facing a Hokies team that’s proven to be average this year.

Georgia: The Wildcats defense should be the elixir for the Bulldogs offense.

Georgia Tech: Let the (defensive coordinator) Charles Kelly era begin in Atlanta.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks put a lock on the Eastern Division with a win.


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