TODAY’S TV GAMES
NOONNoonFlorida vs. MissouriESPN2 NoonLouisville vs. Temple WJLA-7, WMAR-2 NoonIowa State vs. Oklahoma pay-per-view NoonMississippi State vs. Texas A&M ESPN NoonKentucky vs. Vanderbilt ESPNU NoonMinnesota vs. Michigan Big Ten Network NoonArmy vs. Air Force CBS Sports Network NoonCincinnati vs. Syracuse MASN NoonDelaware vs. Towson NBC Sports Network NoonArkansas vs. Tulsa WDCW-50 12:30Maryland vs. Georgia Tech WTTG-5, WJZ-13
No. 16 Texas A&M at No. 17 Mississippi State is the best of an underwhelming early slate, if only because of Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel. The redshirt freshman who answers to Johnny Football has rushed for three touchdowns in two of his last three games and has 13 rushing touchdowns on the season, which ties him (with Robert Griffin III, among others) for the most by an FBS freshman quarterback in the BCS era.
Texas A&M had a light practice last week against circling-the-drain Auburn, a 63-21 rout in which Manziel played a little more than a half but accounted for five touchdowns. Mississippi State, meantime, thudded back to earth in a 38-7 loss to top-ranked Alabama. The Bulldogs have yet to lose a game at home this season, but wins over Jackson State, Auburn, South Alabama and two Tennessees (Middle and regular) aren’t anything to shout about.