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Thursday, September 6, 2012
What to watch: Texas A&M-Florida

By Chris Low / ESPN.com



Texas A&M “officially” becomes an SEC member Saturday when the Aggies face Florida. It’s fitting that they'd play a traditional power in their first league game, and it’s also fitting that A&M would open SEC play at home. The eyes of the league will turn to College Station, Texas, at 2:30 p.m. CT. It’s indeed a new day in the SEC.

Texas A&M redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel makes his debut along with true freshman cornerback De'Vante Harris, who earned his way into the starting lineup soon after preseason camp began. Two other true freshmen worth watching at Texas A&M are both known for their big-play skills -- receiver Thomas Johnson and running back Trey Williams.

PREDICTIONS

Edward Aschoff:
This will be a very tough atmosphere for the Gators, but the advantage is that this team -- and its quarterback -- has played a game, while the Aggies will have to wash the rust off this weekend. ... Florida 23, Texas A&M 17

Chris Low: The Gators looked average at best in their opener, but the stakes go up considerably this week. Texas A&M will be pumped, but Florida will make enough plays on defense to survive. ... Florida 28, Texas A&M 24