Do you remember the last time Johnny Manziel had a bad game? OK, maybe the only time he had a bad game?
You have to go back to last season's game against LSU, statistically his worst. Manziel was harassed, confused and, unlike any of his other games as Texas A&M's quarterback, contained. He completed just 51.8 percent of his 56 passes, threw three interceptions and didn't have a touchdown pass. His opponent-adjusted QBR of 51.2 was by far the worst of his career.
Heading into Saturday's visit to Baton Rouge, Manziel is a year older, wiser, stronger and faster. And maybe most important: For the first time in his collegiate career, he has revenge on his mind. How will this year be different?
Let's take a closer look at the chess match we can expect to see Saturday, as Manziel steps into one of the most difficult road venues in college football.
Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin was quoted this week as saying that the 2013 versions of Texas A&M and LSU are completely different than last season's squads, and that the 2012 game has no bearing on Saturday's game in Death Valley. He likes the differences in the two teams for two reasons: 1) LSU lost eight starters on defense from last season, including both of its edge rushers, Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery; and 2) Sumlin has been outwardly impressed with the strides Manziel has made as a pocket passer.
The combination of these two factors will make it very difficult for LSU to stop Texas A&M's offense. Here is a look at how LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis approached defending against Manziel and the Aggies last season, followed by a look at why A&M should have an answer this season.