Alabama at Texas A&M: Let the hype begin!

Emotional Johnny Manziel will need to keep his composure against Alabama. (AP photo)

Emotional Johnny Manziel will need to keep his composure against Alabama. (AP photo)

If you haven’t noticed by now, Alabama plays at Texas A&M on Saturday in what probably will be the most hyped game of the season before the national championship.

This is college football at its grandest.

This is a Super Bowl in September.

This is the Commotion in College Station. (Sorry, it doesn’t have the panache as “Thrilla in Manilla;” Comment with your nickname suggestions).

The hype surrounding this game will be bigger than Johnny Manziel’s ego. College GameDay will be there, as well as hundreds of cameras and nearly every national writer in the country.

There are many storylines and subplots surrounding this game, but here are three that surely will be dissected like a biology-class frog this week.

1. Alabama’s offensive line

Much has been made about the Crimson Tide gaining only 206 yards in a sluggish win over Virginia Tech. They were off this week, so they’ve had ample time to prepare for the Aggies. Besides, the Texas A&M ‘D’ hasn’t looked too stout itself in wins over Rice and Sam Houston State.

2. Can Alabama contain Manziel?

He sliced and diced Alabama for 253 yards passing and 92 rushing in last year’s 29-24 huge victory in Tuscaloosa. Manziel passed for two TDs, including one razzle-dazzle play where he almost fumbled before throwing a TD strike. The Tide must cut down on his freelancing and somehow find a way to keep him in the pocket this year.

3. Johnny Motormouth

Call him Johnny Football or Johnny Dangerously (1980s movie reference for those paying attention) or Johnny Autograph. He doesn’t seem to care. Manziel was penalized for jawing with Rice players in the opener and was about to get in the face of a Sam Houston State player after a TD run yesterday, but was caught up in the celebration. Can he contain his emotions against Alabama? Hopefully, he won’t be benched or tossed for his antics.

I’m sure I’ll be writing more about this game throughout this week.

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22 comments Add your comment

TU

September 8th, 2013
10:30 am

I think I will watch the Longhorn Network this week.

Nerina

September 8th, 2013
11:40 am

Just be sure to not choke on it!

PS

September 8th, 2013
11:43 am

Maybe they’ll replay the BYU game for you TU.

Max Sizemore

September 8th, 2013
2:07 pm

Trepidation in College Station

David C

September 8th, 2013
6:11 pm

Bama has all spring and Fall Camp to prepare for this Game. Also Texas A & M Defense is weak. We will stop talking about Johnny Football after this weekend.

Mark Gillar

September 8th, 2013
6:17 pm

Do David C, how long did the Aggies have to prepare for Alabama? Same amount of time right?
Unless I’m wrong, they had the same amount of time to prepare for each other last year too.
How did that work out for you?

I’m sure you will stop talking about Johnny Manziel after the game. Why bring up painful memories for the Tide. You’ll probably stop talking about an Alabama national championship after this weekend too.

PigIron

September 8th, 2013
7:30 pm

It should be a good game. I’m looking forward to it.

Dewnsav

September 8th, 2013
9:10 pm

should be a good one…probably have to watch…time/channel ??…go dogs

Ghost of Bear Bryant

September 8th, 2013
10:13 pm

I hate Bama but I hope they smash Johnny Cash in the mouth and shut it once and for all. Talk about a self-entitled punk who needs his *** stomped.

Dawg Daze

September 8th, 2013
11:37 pm

It’s common knowledge that half of UGA’s starters would have been benched if Richt had ordered a drug test last week. So, Mr. Richt, when are these bozos going to be tested? Hmmm…?

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PigIron

September 9th, 2013
7:54 am

Dewnsav

September 8th, 2013
9:10 pm

should be a good one…probably have to watch…time/channel ??

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Kickoff is at 3:30 ET on CBS.

Nacos

September 9th, 2013
8:21 am

Johnny Foosball is a punk a$$. Lord Saban has a plan.

PigIron

September 9th, 2013
9:30 am

Saban probably does have a good plan for A&M, but A&M has some advantages. They’ve already played two games and they get to play at home.

No reason to believe that this won’t be an exciting game.

Tide Roll is a Moron

September 9th, 2013
11:14 am

Hey tide roll, you goofy baboon, did you enjoy watching Murray and Gurley and our OL destroy Clowney and SC Saturday?

you still think our OL sucks?

You goofy baboon. You don’t know jack

Dewnsav

September 9th, 2013
11:31 am

Pigiron, agree with you…this will be a tough call…Bama could run them down and wear ‘em out in a slugfest or T A&M could come out and win in a track meet…Sumlin can coach that O…I’ll b tuned in…go dogs

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joseph torres

September 9th, 2013
8:19 pm

The Winner at the Station will be No# 1 in the Nation!

SalMineo

September 9th, 2013
8:51 pm

Alabama beats a&m by 10—manziel will be shut down by the Alabama D.

Daisy in Talking Rock

September 9th, 2013
10:53 pm

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Daisy in Talking Rock

September 9th, 2013
10:54 pm

Bama wins a close one.

Daisy in Talking Rock

September 9th, 2013
10:56 pm

I really hope Bama shuts up that punk QB at A&M.