"It is difficult to let a quarterback just stand back there all day," Dykes said. "They have good receivers and we have to pick our poison and mix it up a little bit and show them different looks and try to get him confused and maybe a little bit uncomfortable."
He's coming off a rough outing against Mississippi where he had three of A&M's season-high six turnovers. But the Aggies like the way he shook off his struggles.
"We had six, so it was an overall problem," Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury said. "We have to be more careful with the football and take care of it."
Manziel will face a defense which is allowing 531 yards a game — second most in the country. But the Bulldogs have remained undefeated thanks to a prolific offense that takes care of the ball and a defense that forces turnovers. Louisiana Tech has lost the ball just four times this season and has 15 takeaways for the second-best turnover margin in the country behind top-ranked Alabama.
Louisiana Tech is third in scoring at more than 53 points per game, and the Aggies know better than to underestimate a team with designs on being this year's BCS-buster.
"They're very explosive," Texas A&M linebacker Jonathan Stewart said. "We're going to have to come out ready to play. You can't just look at this team and say: 'Oh, it's Louisiana Tech,' and expect it to be a cakewalk. We're going to have to fight all four quarters and have to be very prepared to win this game."