2 weeks in and finally it is time for the game of the century! The best team in the Nation, #1 Alabama goes up against the only team to beat them during their national title run last year Texas A&M (#6). I am an aggie so the following will be a bit biased.
Alabama is a better football team but A&M will have the best 2 football players on the field in Mike Evans and Johnny Manziel.
It is going to be a ripper. A&M should have had an advantage having played in weeks 1 and 2 while Bama only played in week 1 and looked very scrappy on Offence. However the aggies had 7 starters suspended on D for game 1 and 5 for game 2 they have plenty of problems to iron out as well.
Bama was horrible offensively in the first game 2 weeks ago relying on two special team Td's and a pick 6 on their to a 35-10 win. McCarron threw for 110 yards, a career low. But with their RB's, Amari Cooper and Christon Jones they could flick the switch at any moment. A&M has battled against the run, albeit option based runs in their first 2 games so look for TJ Yeldon to have a big game. The ags will need to force some punts and snag a turnover on D to have any chance of winning.
Johnny Manziel was lights out in week 2 throwing for over 400 yards and refusing to take off and run. Expect the scramble to come back into play this week. If the aggie offense can post some back to back TD's early they should be able to score enough points to hold off.
It is going to be a ripper and for mine comes down to Special Teams. Drew Kaser has been super impressive early including a 76 yard punt against Rice. If he can put the ball back inside the 20 or force fair catches and kicker Bertolet force TB's on kick offs the Aggies can take away Christon Jones takeback ability (he became 1st bama player ever in week 1 to return a punt and a kick off for TD's)
Score Predicitions: If A&M Wins: 41-31. If Bama Wins 35-14.
Funny how it works only one other match up of ranked teams this week with 16 UCLA taking on 23 Nebraska. All eyes will be on College Station, Texas! Gig em!