How to watch Texas A&M vs. Missouri: Preview, TV schedule, odds and more

You may see Maty Mauk play some, too. - Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

The Iron Bowl is huge, but this one is pretty big, too.

In a year that has been nothing but impressive for the Missouri Tigers, only one hurdle remains — they must defeat Johnny Manziel of House Football to advice to Atlanta and a date with Alabama.

Still, they have a weapon that may help neutralize him in the form of Michael Sam, one of the nation's most destructive linemen this season. If they can have Manziel running for his life — but not into any open space, where he is extremely dangerous — they'll have a chance to stop him.

One other thing the Tigers will have to keep an eye on is the performance and health of James Franklin, who played decently and looked healthy in his return from a shoulder injury. Still, the numbers he put up against Ole Miss — 12 of 19 passing, 142 yards, one interception — will not hold up if the Tigers get into a shootout against Manziel.

The numbers

Rankings and records: The Tigers have a hold on the fifth spot in the BCS rankings, while Texas A&M slid to 21 after their loss to LSU. Texas A&M leads the all-time series 8-5.

Vegas: Missouri opened as 3 point favorites, but that margin has been moving northward.

Weather: Columbia will be clear, but cold on Saturday evening.

Three names to know

Johnny Manziel — Expect to hear this name often, as it is widely expected that he will go pro at the end of the year, meaning he has two games remaining in his career — this one, and whatever bowl game the Aggies are selected into. Tune in simply to see him and his electrifying style of play one more time.

Kevin Sumlin — Manziel might be leaving, but he's not the only one whose future in College Station remains cloudy. Head coach Kevin Sumlin has had his name connected with several open jobs, including USC's. This could just as well be a sort of goodbye for him, too.

Gary Pinkel — More attention should be paid to Pinkel, who has rallied the Tigers to the top of the SEC East in only his second season. A clear Coach of the Year candidate if there was one.

Two things at stake

This is the season for Missouri — if they are to make the SEC Championship Game, they must beat Texas A&M, because South Carolina holds the head-to-head tiebreaker and lurks just a game back at 6-2 in conference to Missouri's 6-1.

Texas A&M cannot gain much except postseason bowl positioning, although they would relish the chance to play spoiler and send Johnny Manziel out a winner.

How to witness

TV: 7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN

Radio: Texas A&M radio affiliatesMissouri radio affiliates

Online streaming: WatchESPN.com. XFinity subscribers can stream here.

Further reading

For more on Texas A&M, head over to Good Bull Hunting, where they're looking at the LSU loss, both by podcast and by numbers.

Rock M Nation has your Missouri needs covered. SB Nation's Bill Connelly has more on the offense and the defense.

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