Saturday night was a thriller in Baton Rouge. It was electric, it was emotional, and it was intense as the Alabama Crimson Tide took a win from the jaws of defeat, knocking off the 5th ranked LSU Tigers in Death Valley under the Louisiana stars.
Now they must forget it.
Saturday was a great win for the Crimson Tide, but the test is not over yet by any stretch of the imagination. Alabama has passed the first two portions of their late season, three game stretch against back-to-back-to-back top 25 opponents, but the toughest test may be yet to come. The Crimson Tide will again see a challenge unlike anything they have seen in the Texas A&M Aggies.
Meet Johnny Football.
Johnny Manziel plays football the way you play video games. He’ll take off running when he sees the defense has turned their back gashing them with gallops of double digit yard totals, then stand in the pocket and chuck it into the heart of your secondary. A three star out of high school, Manziel has been a five star on the field.
Denard Robinson of the Michigan Wolverines is considered a dual threat quarterback, but you’d be hard pressed to find a coordinator who is really worried about his arm; he’s much more of a runner. Tyler Russell of the Mississippi State Bulldogs has some mobility, but is much more likely to stay in the pocket. Manziel does both-extremely well.
Manziel is the most dangerous man in college football; a player the Tide has seen nothing like since the likes of Tim Tebow and Cam Newton. In just his freshman season he’s accounted for over 3400 yards of total offense for the Aggies, 2500 yards through the air and over 900 on the ground. Just to clarify, those previous numbers were not a typo.
The Crimson Tide coaching staff allows for 24 hours to celebrate a victory which means around 11pm-12am Sunday, LSU will be history and as Jay-Z once said it will be “on to the next one.” It will be time to prepare for the next test.