NCAA Football – Week 11
The Alabama Crimson Tide can lock up a spot in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday afternoon at home if they can take down the Texas A&M Aggies in one of their tougher challenges on the college football odds all year long.
Of course, all eyes are going to be on QB Johnny Manziel in this one. The freshman is a true freak of nature, and he is putting up video game numbers in the SEC, something that hardly anyone in the past has been able to do. Not only is Manziel doing it with his arm, but he is with his legs as well, and he has put up great numbers against even the best defenses in the SEC. Thus far this year, the frosh has thrown for 2,527 yards and 16 TDs, and he has rushed for 922 yards and 15 scores. To think that any freshman in the SEC could throw for 3,000 yards, run for 1,000 yards, throw for 20-25 TDs and rush for 20 TDs is out of this world, but that’s what Manziel has accomplished this year. Of course, this is the toughest test that he has faced, and he has had some struggles at times against the best in the biz. What we have to remember too, is that A&M doesn’t have a shoddy defense either. The team has allowed more than 27 points just once this year, that being the 59-57 barnburner against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in Shreveport in October.
Alabama has officially survived. The truth of the matter is that in the grand scheme of things, this might not ultimately be a game that means all that much. Even if this one is lost, Alabama will drop to just No. 4 in the land, and by winning the SEC Championship Game, it might ultimately make it back into the Top 2 whether any of the other teams lose in front of it or not. However, Head Coach Nick Saban wants to leave nothing to chance for sure, and a 14-0 season would make this team go down as one of the best in the history of college football. The comeback last week against the LSU Tigers was truly the defining moment of the season and the career for QB AJ McCarron, who is now being grumbled as a possible Heisman Trophy finalist. Still, it’s all about the defense. This unit looked sloppy for the first time in a long time last week, and you know that this unit is going to want to make amends against Johnny Football and the Aggies. There still isn’t anyone out there that has figured out how to score more than 28 against this team in years and years.
The Aggies are a trendy upset pick on Saturday, and we definitely understand why. They’ve probably got the second, third, or fourth best team in the SEC this year, and they can really prove it if they can come on the road and knock off the Crimson Tide. We don’t think that they will in the end, but we do think that they keep this one within a score or two. Alabama 27 – Texas A&M 20