The Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0) are rolling their way to the SEC Championship Game, and they can lock matters up officially on Saturday afternoon at home when they take on the Texas A&M Aggies (7-2). Both of these teams are vying for a BCS bowl game, so it won’t be easy for sure.
The implications from the oddsmakers are that the Aggies are right around just 10 points worse than Alabama, as they are +13.5 on the road in Tuscaloosa. Be very careful, Tide. Here are three reasons why an upset could be in the cards at Bryant Denny Stadium on Saturday.
1. Kevin Sumlin’s offense is the real deal: It wasn’t supposed to work in the SEC. Head Coach Kevin Sumlin is breaking literally every rule in the books. He’s using a freshman quarterback in the SEC. He’s using an up tempo gimmicky offense that has turned around 80.6 offensive snaps per game this year. The offense has just 27 punts against 49 TDs, and it is going to be the unit that has to be on par for the Aggies to move forward with their successful season. Just as it is nothing like anyone else in the SEC has ever seen, it is nothing like the Crimson Tide have ever seen either.
2. Johnny Football is unflappable: QB Johnny Manziel is just nine games into his collegiate career, and he is already figuring out how to make the offense go. He has 2,527 yards passing and 922 more rushing, and he has a total of 31 touchdowns. To put that in comparison, the Crimson Tide have allowed a total of 10 touchdowns on the whole campaign. Manziel and his Aggies haven’t always put up the most points in the world, knowing that both the LSU Tigers and the Florida Gators have held them in the teens. Against LSU, Manziel accounted for 303 total yards, but he was picked off three times and didn’t have a touchdown. He had 233 yards and a score against Florida as well.
What’s most important about Manziel though, is that he doesn’t get discouraged. His head is never down, and he is going to stick to his game regardless of who he is playing. He isn’t going to be intimidated, even in just his 10th game of the year, and should play at an optimum level in front of the Crimson Tide home faithful.
3. The A&M defense isn’t a joke either: We all know just how good the Crimson Tide really are, but the Aggies have only allowed one team to score more than 24 points this year as well. Take out a 57-point effort against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, and A&M is averaging allowing just 347.4 yards and 16.5 points per game. Granted, that’s nowhere near the 228.9 yards and 9.1 points per game that the Crimson Tide are allowing this year, but Alabama had better not take this Texas A&M defense lightly either, or it might be in for the shock of all shocks just four steps away from a perfect 13-0 season.