After last week, we learned a number of things. Number one, No. 10 Texas A&M (2-1, 0-1) is not out of the SEC or BCS championship conversation after losing to No. 1 Alabama (2-0, 1-0). The Aggies lost a hard-fought game and still have every chance of playing for it all at the conference and national levels. Sure, they’ll need some help, but just as Johnny Manziel said following the game, remember Alabama.
He wasn’t coining a new battle cry similar to “Remember the Alamo.” Manziel was simply saying his team is still in the hunt, just like the Crimson Tide were following a November loss to LSU in 2011. The Tide went on to beat the Tigers in a rematch in the title game, and who’s to say the same can’t happen for Manziel and A&M?
Speaking of Johnny Football, that brings us to the second biggest thing we learned last week: the sophomore quarterback will not be an easy reigning Heisman Trophy-winner to unseat. Manziel was simply electric against Alabama, racking up more than 560 yards and five touchdowns in an offensive onslaught that resulted in the most yards (628) given up in Crimson Tide history. Say what you want about Manziel’s antics and cocky attitude, he sure as heck backs it up on the field.
The third thing we learned about A&M: WR Mike Evans is the toughest perimeter matchup in the SEC and possibly college football. If you watched the game, and I assume you did, this claim doesn’t need any validation here. Evans provided every bit of proof necessary on Sept. 7, a day on which he hauled in seven balls for a school-record 279 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown. The man is a beast, period!
What to look for in Week 4: Even more yards and even more points than last week. If you thought Manziel and company looked good against Nick Saban’s defense, wait ‘til you see them go to work against SMU’s (1-1, 0-0) 105th ranked unit this week. The Mustangs are giving up 434.7 yards and 35.5 points per game – and that’s to the likes of Texas Tech and Montana State. It’s not crazy to think the Aggies could double those totals in this game.
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