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LSU-Texas A&M Preview Capsule

No. 6 LSU (6-1, 2-1 SEC) at No. 20 Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1), 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Line: LSU by 3 ½.

Series Record: LSU leads 27-20-3.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

LSU and Texas A&M both have one loss in SEC play and need a victory to keep pace in the Western division, where Alabama and Mississippi State are a perfect 3-0. It's a chance for the Aggies to prove themselves in their first year in the league, and pits one of the nation's most prolific offenses in Texas A&M against one of the best defenses in the country.

KEY MATCHUP

QB Johnny Manziel vs. LSU's defense. Manziel is second in the nation in total offense with more than 392 yards a game, and LSU has the second-ranked defense in the country, averaging just over 219 yards a game. The Tigers are allowing only 14 points a game. Manziel, who is a threat to run or throw, has been responsible for 24 points a contest for the Aggies.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

LSU: DE Sam Montgomery has 21 tackles, including 8 1/2 for losses and four sacks. He was named SEC defensive lineman of the week after getting three tackles, including two sacks in LSU's win over South Carolina last week. He also has three hurries, a forced fumble and a safety this season.

Texas A&M: WR Mike Evans. The 6-foot-5 former basketball star leads the team with 36 receptions for 549 yards. He has two touchdowns, including a long score of 75 yards. The freshman is averaging 15.2 yards a catch and has joined senior Ryan Swope (299 yards, three touchdowns) to create a solid receiving tandem for the Aggies.

FACTS & FIGURES

Texas A&M's record against top-10 teams is 22-63, and the Aggies last beat a team ranked in the top 10 in a 9-6 win over No. 9 Nebraska in 2010. ... The Aggies are 9-8 against LSU since 1970. ... LSU won the last meeting between these teams 41-24 in the 2011 Cotton Bowl. ... A&M won the meeting before that 33-17 in 1995 in College Station. ... The 282 points A&M has scored in its first six games are the most in a six-game span in school history since the 1917 team accumulated 253. ... LSU freshman RB Jeremy Hill had 124 yards rushing and two scores against South Carolina. ... Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore has 25 tackles for losses and 13 sacks in his last 12 games. ... LSU LB Kevin Minter leads the team with 63 tackles and also had 8 1/2 tackles for losses. ... The Tigers have had five different players lead them in rushing through seven games.