Johnny Manziel can be the reigning Heisman Trophy winner all he wants, because as long as the Alabama Crimson Tide are winning the battle at the line of scrimmage than “Johnny Football” and the Texas A&M Aggies are going to get embarrassed in front of their home crowd.
You don’t win three BCS National Championships in four years without big-time players on both the offensive and defensive line. However, a few of the offensive linemen that helped the Tide win so many games are now in the NFL, which means Bama’s front five is moderately inexperienced. Even still, that isn’t stopping the Crimson Tide from winning nearly every battle in the trenches.
A.J. McCarron doesn’t have the ability to be Manziel-like with quarterback scrambles and whatnot, so Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban forces his offensive line to protect McCarron like a prized jewel. With a ton of time to expose an inexperienced Aggies defense, don’t be surprised if McCarron finishes the afternoon as the game’s MVP.
As for the Aggies’ offense? It’s rather hard for No. 2 to get much done when nearly all of his supposed running lanes are clogged with white jerseys. Look for Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin to throw a few more protection-heavy offensive looks at us in the second half, because the first-half game plan was marred by Alabama’s advantageous front five.