Column: Alabama and Texas A&M to meet in Game of the Year
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 23:09
In 1543 Nicholaus Copernicus published his theory about the true center of the solar system. Now in 2013, it appears that the center of the solar system has shifted, with all eyes on Alabama and Texas A&M as they square off this weekend.
Johnny Manziel looks to do the unthinkable again more as he leads his Aggies against the defending national champions at home in College Station.
The football scene couldn’t be bigger as ticket prices have sky rocketed. The average ticket for this weekend’s match-up are going for $763, $50 more than when the Rolling Tide faced off against LSU in 2011 in the “Game of the Century.”
In 2012 Manziel was nothing short of a magician, completing 76% of his passes and rushing for nearly 100 yards. Texas A&M would steal the game from Alabama 29-24 on a last second interception in their own endzone.
However, Manziel will not being having a similar success come Saturday.
Nick Saban is the greatest college football coach of this generation. Even in the wee moments of national championship games, he’s coaching and instructing his team to work harder and play better. He can’t even calm down for a Gatorade shower from his own team.
The taste of defeat is still very real to the defending national champions and Saban has had a whole off-season to prepare for the legend of “Johnny Football.” While some of Manziel’s magic may appear this Saturday, Saban will be able to guess the magicians tricks and contain the quarterback.
Alabama’s offense will also be able to steam roll the Aggies. The Texas A&M defense has given 59 points to inferior opponents Rice and Sam Houston State, so how can they hope to keep Alabama’s potent running and passing game?
When it’s all said and done, Manziel will have a mediocre performance that will keep most of the media off his back, but it will not be enough. With Manziel’s containment none of his teammates will be able to step up, just as the team needed against Rice in the first half when Rice trailed only by a touchdown.
Alabama and Texas A&M will be battling out in the Game of the Year. Actually, let me change that to “Game of the Century,” where the final score will be 34-20 Alabama and Nick Saban’s legend grows ever vaster.