Rapid Reaction: Texas A&M shatters Alabama’s perfect season

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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.

Photo Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

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  • Just…wow. 2 interceptions in the same game (after such a LONG streak of no interceptions), even though i know one really wasn’t McCarron’s fault. Combine this with Yeldon’s late fumble (and lackluster defense all around by the Tide), and you have this inevitable conclusion against a good A&M team. I fear the SEC will likely not be represented in the BCSCG now, but I guess we’ll see. After all, a lot of strangeness happened late in the season to allow TWO SEC teams in the BCSCG last year. Regardless, it’s been a great season so far in the SEC – ROLL TIDE!!!

  • Alabama has to fall to 5. Then UGA needs to go to 4. Sorry. It may seem terrible and unfair…but it happens. Win out (and that includes beating Georgia in the SECCG), then you can retake that and pray for a ND, Oregon, and K-State loss.

    • Bama may or may not drop below UGA, but it’s academic right now (I believe they will drop below UGA, though). 2 losses between Notre Dame, Oregon, and Kansas State would likely put the SECCG winner in the BCSCG. Those 2 losses could easily happen, but I’m doubting it. Regardless, the SECCG should be good….

      • What is crazy is that a loss for all three teams and a Florida win against FSU has another all SEC BCSCG.

        • What’s even crazier is that Texas A&M now becomes the SEC’s sexiest pick to take that other BCS bowl slot, not Georgia, not Florida and not LSU. How could you keep Texas A&M out of a BCS game? Wow.

        • By having UGA beat ‘Bama in just as convincing fashion…that is how…

  • Hats off to Texas A&M. I agree with the statement that they beat us at our on game, straight up. That wide open offense works when someone like Manziel, Evans, & Swoops are out there. It’s interesting how the game of football is changing right before our eyes…

    • Coach Sumlin came in with a plan and has found gold. His Offense has never had a diversity of weapons that were here when he arrived – he has never had a stable of running backs and Tight Ends like this. The big thing that has happened now is the flood of talent that he will be able to fit into the system. Word is the Defense will be bolstered by a posse of JC transfers to increase the size and depth of the D. Several more receivers are on the way and the O-Line will remain stable with more size and capability already waiting on the bench. All that is just talk for now but this game has changed everything in Texas – amazing…….

  • I would hafta say I was just as impressed with Kingsbury as I was with Manziel…he kept that top ranked defense on its heels the whole game. Bet he got on the Auburn/ark/UT hotlist of coaching candidates with that win.