When the 2012-13 college football bowl schedule was announced a month ago, there were many people who wanted to see where Johnny Manziel would end up being his bowl game. Manziel will lead his 10-2 Texas A&M Aggies against the 10-2 Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern at Cowboys Stadium. This is the best non-BCS bowl without any doubt and could finish as the best bowl game overall.
Manziel is the Heisman Trophy winner who helped the Aggies average nearly 45 points per game as a freshman. It is just so shocking how big of a difference that Manziel has made. The Sooners come in averaging over 40 points a game themselves and while both teams can put up points in bunches, I don’t see this being an offensive shootout at all. These two teams should know a ton about each other from their days together in the Big 12 Conference as well which leads me to believe that there won’t be more than 60 points scored in this game.
Manziel is the real deal and both teams are going to need to use their running game to keep the other team’s offense off the field. I think that Manziel has one more big game left in him for this season and I’ll go with Texas A&M winning a 31-24 game. The two quarterbacks in Manziel and Landry Jones will both finish with over 300 total yards in what will be the game that the BCS wishes that it had and now must watch from the outside looking in.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.