It will go down as the best college football game of the season, and I have no doubt about it.
This Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas A&M Aggies‘ dual was something that has been hyped up for the better part of a year, but unlike most events with so many expectations — the 2012 matchup hardly was a flop. Instead, the last-ever Johnny Manziel and A.J. McCarron showdown went about as unpredictable as possible, which is exactly what you want when the SEC‘s top-two teams clash.
While Manziel’s Heisman Trophy — among other things — make him a bit more intriguing, it’s McCarron who steps up to the plate time and time again for the Crimson Tide. Alabama’s usually “meat-and-potatoes” playbook was given a nice shot in the arm on Saturday as McCarron’s squad actually ran a flea-flicker,which ended with Bama scoring a huge touchdown.
At the end of the day; this is the type of game that makes other contests — including the BCS National Championship Game — look like pee-wee football games. Therefore, shouldn’t these programs be pinned against each other more than once a season? The correct answer is yes.
I understand tradition states that these schools should only play once a year, but what fun is that? I want to see Nick Saban rack his brains with crazy defensive schemes that are built solely to stop Manziel from doing Johnny Football-like things. Besides, the alternative is to have Alabama and Texas A&M smash teams like Sam Houston State, which is absolutely no fun.
The 2013 clash was one of the better games in college football’s history, so why settle for just one great game every fall? I want more.