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College football preview capsule: No. 24 Florida Gators at Texas A&M Aggies, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN, 1250-AM

After 16 seasons in the Big 12, Texas A&M opens its tenure in the SEC in grand style — its first game of the season with a nationally-televised audience. This is just the third meeting in history between the two schools: UF beat TAMU 42-6 in 1962 and the Gators lost to the Aggies 37-14 in the 1977 Sun Bowl in El Paso. Word of note, Gator fans: Florida is 1-7-2 when playing in the state of Texas.

Watch out for …

Inexperienced starters, new environments and who battles early jitters best. This is a game of firsts for both teams in many critical areas. First game of the season for TAMU -—and of redshirt sophomore QB Johnny Manziel's career. First game for Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff in a new offense. It's the first game as the true starter, on the road in a hostile environment, for Florida QB Jeff Driskel, and the Gators will try to implement an offense of shifts and motions under new and difficult circumstances. Florida established a solid run game last week led by Mike Gillisslee, and could benefit from some early success on the ground to give Driskel a chance to get acclimated. The big question for TAMU is how much having its season opener postponed last week will affect the team.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

College football preview capsule: No. 24 Florida Gators at Texas A&M Aggies, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ESPN, 1250-AM 09/07/12 [Last modified: Friday, September 7, 2012 9:04pm]
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