Here are a couple of quick thoughts on the upset heard ‘round the college football world as Texas A&M knocked off the #1 team in the country in Alabama.
What it means: Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M have taken themselves to new heights as they upset the Tide in Tuscaloosa 29-24 and could have possibly kicked the SEC out of a BSC national championship with three undefeated teams left in Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame. Texas A&M improves to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the SEC, and this was a spectacular night to be an Aggie, as they improved to 6-0 on the road this season. #1 Alabama falls to 9-1 and 6-1 in the SEC. It will be interesting to see how far Alabama falls in the BCS rankings. They could fall to #4, just ahead of Georgia.
What I liked: What’s not to like about the way the Aggies play? The entire team put together an exceptional effort to remember. While Johnny Manziel and the offense were certainly special, the defense came up huge in this game. They forced three turnovers, after being tied with Vanderbilt for having only forced eight the entire season. AJ McCarron threw two interceptions, and they forced a TJ Yeldon fumble for the second straight game.
You can’t say enough about the job Manziel did and the player and leader he is to this team and offense. His running ability gets the pub, but he’s evolving as a very good passer right before our eyes. He’s becoming a complete quarterback…as a freshman!!! He connected on 24 of 31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Swope caught 11 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown.
We’ve seen Texas A&M get off to hot starts against Florida and LSU, but they could not finish. However, tonight, they put together a complete game for four quarters. The defensive stand on Alabama’s last possession was so sweet. They held Bama out of the end zone, and it ended with a Deshazor Everett interception at the one-yard line.
What I didn’t like: Alabama dominates opponents because they force them into turnovers and suffocate the life out of them. However, it worked against them tonight, as the Tide turned it over three times. That’s now five turnovers in the last two games, and nearly two losses.
I thought there may have been an emotional hangover from the LSU game. But that wasn’t the case. The Aggies straight up beat the Tide at their own game.
Who’s the man: Johnny Freaking Football is the man. He totaled 345 yards and two touchdowns, and he made some huge passes down the stretch. You could have picked any number of players or the entire defense. What a great team effort. But can we finally start to talk about Manziel in a real Heisman discussion? I think so. What an effort!
Key play: With Alabama seemingly about to punch it in to take the lead with a touchdown, AJ McCarron was picked by Everett. No doubt it was the play of the game. Incredible play at a monster time.
What’s next: Texas A&M is the best two loss team in college football, and they return next week against Sam Houston State, while Alabama returns against Western Carolina. Alabama still controls their own destiny in the West and will have to beat Auburn in the Iron Bowl to advance to Atlanta. I don’t see that being a problem.
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