John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE/US PRESSWIRE
It’s week three across the college football landscape and all of college football is preparing for the most talked about game of the year, as reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and the No. 6 ranked Texas A&M Aggies host the No. 1 ranked, two-time defending National Champion, Alabama Crimson Tide at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.
This week’s BCS Game Of The Week was a no-brainer. It’s been a no-brainer since Texas A&M defeated Alabama 29-24 in Tuscaloosa last year, since Johnny Manziel became the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy, and since Alabama crushed Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS National Championship Game to become back-to-back National Champions.
Why Texas A&M Will Win:
In 2012, head coach Kevin Sumlin’s first year at the helm of the team, the Aggies went 11-2 and won the Cotton Bowl over Oklahoma by a whopping score of 41-13. It was one of the most successful seasons in the program’s history. They come into this game led by arguably the most talented player in the nation, Johnny Manziel. After being suspended for the first half of the teams season opener at Rice, Manziel has dominated defenses so far this season throwing for 497 yards and six touchdowns and leading the Aggies to a 2-0 record to start off the season. Despite facing a defense that will be keying on him all game, Manziel seems to step up most when the spotlight is on him. Texas A&M also brings into this game one of the best offensive lines in the college football. Led by projected first round pick senior left tackle Jake Mathews, the line will be a big help to Manziel as he prepares to face one of the top defenses in college football.
Why Alabama Will Win:
The most successful program in college football, Alabama rarely ever gets beat twice in a row by the same team (The last team to try: the 2012 LSU Tigers, who beat Alabama in the regular season, yet lost in the BCS National Championship Game). They have one of the brightest minds in college football leading the team in head coach Nick Saban. If there is anybody who will come up with a gameplan to limit Manziel after losing to Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa last year, it is Saban. They also have a very experienced quarterback leading the offense in senior AJ McCarron, who has won back to back national championships as the team’s starting quarterback. On defense the Tide will be as pumped up as ever and will be a tough challenge for Manziel, as in 2012 they led the nation in fewest yards per game with 250 YPG, fewest points per game with 10.93 PPG, and fewest opposing rushing yards with 76.36 YPG.
It’s really difficult to beat Alabama twice in a row, but the legend of Johnny Manziel will continue, beating Alabama 27-17. Alabama struggled on offense against a mediocre Virginia Tech defense in their lone game this season and those struggles will continue in College Station with Texas A&M’s defense back to full strength; that will be the difference maker for this top-10 matchup.