Generally, this is the part of the week where I pick one game in the ACC besides one invloving the Seminoles, take a look at it and throw in some sort of prediction. However, let’s not all kid ourselves. There is one game and one game only that the entire college football world has its eyes locked on collectively.
On Saturday at 3:30 PM ET, the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas A&M Aggies are going to clash head-to-head in College Station, TX in one of the more anticipated rematches in quite some time. It’s the game we’ve waited the entire offseason for.
Last year, the Aggies and their redshirt freshman phenom of a QB, Johnny Manziel, walked into Tuscaloosa and Bryant Denny Stadium and handed the then no. 1 Tide their only loss of the season. It was the national coming out party for the controversial QB who would go on to win the Heisman Trophy, and subsequently launch himself into an offseason filled with scrutiny.
But this isn’t about anything off the field, not even the recent allegations brought against Alabama and their former offensive lineman, DJ Fluker.
No. The only thing that matters tomorrow is whether or not we find out if Alabama can avenge last season’s disappointment or if Johnny Manziel really is the kryptonite to Nick Saban and Kirby Smart’s masterful defense.
The key to the game for me personally is whether or not we see an improvement on the offensive side of the ball from ‘Bama from what we saw against Virginia Tech. The offensive line looked suspect at times and the Tide just couldn’t really get a lot rolling on offense.
I’m not saying that this game is going to be a 56-55 shootout, because it’s not. But, no matter what Saban and Smart have drawn up on defense over the offseason nor what your personal views are of Manziel, the kid is a playmaker and finds a way to get things done.
In the end though, I don’t fully trust the A&M front seven to keep T.J Yeldon from wearing them down. While, no, ‘Bama won’t light up the scoreboard for 42 points, they’ll control that ever-crucial time of possession category and get that vengeance they’ve been looking for and walk out of College Station with a win.
Editor’s Pick: Alabama 28, Texas A&M 17