After a 41-13 victory in the AT&T Cotton Bowl last season over a formidable team like the Oklahoma Sooners with quarterback Landry Jones, the Aggies are the 4th betting favorite at 10/1 NCAAF odds to win the BCS Championship Game.
This will be a season to remember. You have an Alabama team looking for a 3-peat, the Ohio State Buckeyes and head coach Urban Meyer who are coming off of an undefeated season in which they were bowl-ineligible, and the hottest thing going in all of college football in the form of Heisman Trophy Winner “Johnny Football” and the Texas A&M Aggies.
When taking a look at the Aggies schedule, we instantly find out that the schedule makers have been very kind to Texas A&M. This schedule is a legitimate road to the BCS Championship Game. The Aggies play their first 4 games at home, including “the big one” against Alabama on September 14th.
If indeed, the Aggies could find a way to get past Alabama, their only real legitimate test will be against LSU on November 23rd. The Aggies also play Auburn at home on October 19th. The Alabama game will basically dictate the season.
If Alabama pulls off the victory on the road against Texas A&M, it’s early enough in the season for the Aggies to run the table and still have a chance to get into the mix with only 1 loss. It’s always better to lose early as you found out from Alabama last season.
Usually I break down a list of players that have moved on to the NFL or to graduation. In this case, I refer to it as the “the loss” because it’s a big one. The Aggies lose offensive tackle, Luke Joeckel. Joeckel could possibly be the 1st pick in the NFL Draft and will at least be in the first few picks.
Texas A&M also loses defensive end Damontre Moore, who will also go in the 1st round.
Quarterback Johnny Manziel has already exceeded expectations as he’s the only freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
Manziel was unstoppable as he passed for 3706 yards with 26 touchdowns and 9 interceptions while running for 1410 yards and 21 touchdowns. He ran for 100 yards 7 times and capped it off with a victory in the Cotton Bowl in which he rushed for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns along with passing for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns in a blowout of a top 10 team in Oklahoma.
There are players that are cult figures like Tim Tebow that aren’t made to be a quarterback in the NFL. Manziel has the same backing and is taylor-made to be an NFL starting quarterback. ESPN has mentioned that he’s resigned to taking online classes due to his popularity and lack of privacy. If Johnny Football can stay healthy, this team has a legitimate shot at beating Bama and being a 10/1 BCS Championship Winner.
Look for Ben Malena (808 yards, 8 TD) and Trey Williams (376 yards, 5 TD) to compliment Manziel in the running game while Mike Evans returns as a 1000 yard receiver. Evans has the prototypical build for an NFL receiver at 6 foot 5, 218 pounds and Manziel will be keying in on him without Ryan Swope who’s graduated.
I’m a bit surprised that the Aggies didn’t land a 5 star recruit, but they did manage to land 14 4-star recruits, headed by wide receiver, Ricky Seals-Jones as the number 61st recruit overall. Seals –Jones is massive at 6 foot 5, 230 pounds and has speed to match. A&M filled in their needs with their top 2 recruits being wide receivers and also picking up quarterback Kohl Stewart out of Houston, Texas. It’s inevitable that Manziel will leave and recruiting a quarterback to learn the ropes from the best is mandatory.
Alabama is a beast but look for Texas A&M to defeat the Crimson Tide at home. This is a team that could make it to the BCS Championship Game. I could see them possibly playing Ohio State, but it’s very difficult for a team to go undefeated two seasons in a row. Texas A&M has the perfect schedule and that might get them to the Promise Land and Johnny Football will ride out into the sunset as a top pick in 2014’s NFL Draft.