A lot of things opened my eyes this past weekend in college football. But nothing like the classic rivalry of Texas A&M vs. Alabama Crimson Tide. The history of these two is primarily recognized for their previous matchups with each other, including the infamous Johnny Manziel, who was known to take down the Tide in his day.
A rivalry worth paying attention to
The lights were out in Tuscaloosa, and all you could see was crimson red in the stands as the energy was rocking in that stadium. This past meeting between both teams was eye-opening and really should’ve resulted in an Alabama Crimson Tide loss. They looked straight-up average. At the end of the game, there were a few crucial calls and penalties that led A&M to Bama’s goal line with no time remaining when A&M’s backup quarterback Haynes King threw a fade to the right side of the end zone, which, quite frankly had no chance of being caught with the time running out, having Bama sneak away with another close call at a home in a prime time event.
While Crimson Tide was without their stud QB, Bryce Young, during this match, my worries for them, besides their quarterback, is whether they can really match up with some of the teams in the top 10 when it comes to the latter half in the season? Do they have that same star power at QB and on the defensive side that they’re used to having? I guess we’ll find out this week when the Tide travel to Neyland Stadium in Tennessee to play the number 6 ranked Vols in an exciting matchup.
One of the best teams in the world
Crimson Tide is currently ranked number 3. If there ever was a time for Crimson Tide to truly fall, it’s this week verse Hendon Hooker and the explosive Vols squad that’s been finding ways to steamroll and dominate on both sides of the field, where we saw even during last week’s performance of a beat down on LSU 40-13 where their running game lead by Jabari Small carried for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns complemented by Hooker throwing for 240 and 2 touchdowns through the air. The X-factor in this upcoming game will be Bryce Young’s health and Hendon Hooker’s accuracy on those throws past 15 yards he attempts to make.
I witnessed a few deep shots Hooker took that couldn’t connect last week. He won’t have that same room to make that mistake twice against such a prestigious and well-coached squad in Crimson Tide. The run game and defense of the Vols, in my opinion, is currently better than Crimson Tide at this moment, even though Saban would beg to differ with the havoc caused by his pass rush this last week. Referencing back to the critical miss throw from Texas A&M on the goal line to lose, Johnny Manziel added to this heartbreaking failed upset by saying, “One of the worst calls I’ve ever seen in my life. You have one play to beat the #1 team in the country and that’s what we run,” he wrote in one tweet.” Every single practice you have a goal-line period and practice these type of situations. That’s a joke of an ending for the Aggies”.
While Manziel not only took a massive jab at prized coach Jimbo Fisher and national championship winner at Florida State mocking his play calling and decisions, it seems Manziel is having some real FOMO and dreams he could still suit up and make that throw to save the Aggies. Unfortunately, his time has passed for that, and so has Crimson Tide, as while we can congratulate them on this tight win, it’s time to reset, retool, get healthy, and plan for Tennessee in this upcoming short week. Nick Saban’s got a lot on his hand’s good thing he’s been here before.
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