Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech Preview Capsule

No. 22 Texas A&M (4-1) vs. No. 23 Louisiana Tech (5-0) at Shreveport, La., 8:17 p.m. CT, (ESPNU)

Line: Texas A&M by 8

Series Record: Texas A&M leads 10-0.


Louisiana Tech is off to a 5-0 start that has the team ranked for the first time since 1999. The Bulldogs' 12-game regular-season winning streak is the longest in the nation and they are looking to beat a ranked team for the first time since 2005. The Aggies, who entered the rankings for the first time this year, will try to extend their winning streak to five games heading into next week's matchup against No. 9 LSU.


Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel vs. Louisiana Tech's defense. Manziel is sixth in the nation in total offense with 356 yards a game and Louisiana Tech is allowing 531 yards a contest, which is second most in the country. Manziel is a threat to score through the air or on the ground, and the 21.6 points a game he is responsible for are the third most in the country.


Texas A&M: DE Damontre Moore. The junior has led A&M's defense in his first season at defensive end after spending his first two years at linebacker. Moore's 1.4 sacks a game rank fourth in the country and he's tied for second in tackles for losses with 2.5 a game.

Louisiana Tech: QB Colby Cameron. Cameron has thrown for 1,456 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is completing more than 68 percent of his passes and has thrown for four touchdowns twice this season. His favorite target is WR Quinton Patton, who has 532 yards receiving and five scores in 2012.


This game was originally scheduled for Aug. 30, but was postponed because of Hurricane Isaac. ... It is the second time the Aggies will face Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, after getting a 37-17 win over the Bulldogs there to start the 1999 season. ... These teams first met in 1981. ... Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is looking for his 40th career win as a head coach. ... Both teams entered the rankings this week for the first time this season. ... Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury and Louisiana Tech defensive backs coach Kevin Curtis played together at Texas Tech and remain close friends. ... Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope needs one reception to become the second player in school history to reach 200 catches for his career. ... Louisiana Tech has won three straight games over BCS opponents.