[Johhny] Manziel and the A&M offense will be hard pressed to break the Alabama game open and pull out a victory.
For Manziel, the aforementioned best offensive player in the SEC (in my opinion), an unlikely win at Tuscaloosa as a freshman with a team in it’s first season in the SEC would be career defining (also program defining) and vault him into consideration for the Heisman runner up spot. Like Braxton Miller (who has faded from the Heisman race despite continuing to do what made him a contender in the first place) whatever Johnny Football accomplishes this year is just a foundation for his sophomore and junior campaigns.
That’s what I wrote on Friday morning. Prescient on my part, I’ll be the first to admit, but I may have had my focus set too far in the future. It’s true Manziel will be a Heisman darling in 2013 and 2014 but after the win over Alabama on Saturday he’s trying to pull off an unheard rookie of the year/MVP performance in 2012. I made a point to say that Manziel’s ceiling is a runner up spot in New York City which is still true but Manziel has closed a large gap that Collin Klein originally created.
Manziel’s performance on Saturday was impressive, especially considering it came from a freshman playing in Tuscaloosa against the no. 1 ranked team in the nation. His season numbers are on par or better than the other Heisman hopefuls and he is leading a tenth ranked team that has the strongest offense in the defense heavy SEC. These superlatives all pale when you look at his biggest accomplishment this season, stealing the Cinderella story from Manhattan Kansas and planting it firmly in College Station Texas.
Collin Klein will win the Heisman. I believe that. I’ve said it a million times, barring a loss, injury or poor performance the Heisman is Klein’s to lose. When Klein came on the scene he sat in the shadows of Geno Smith before defeating Smith handily in primetime. Klein’s narrative was that of the hard-scrabble quarterback at an overlooked school that was winning games because Klein said so. Klein was the Cinderella of the season, beating out the preseason favorites and the regular season foes with ease.
After four weeks as the Heisman favorite, the Klein luster has lost some of its sheen and the media wants something new and shiny. Manziel is just that.
While stories were breaking that Klein saved his first kiss for his wedding day, pictures of Manziel dressed in a Scooby Doo costume partying on halloween surfaced. When Klein had a four touchdown game against Texas Tech in late October, Manziel put up five touchdowns against Auburn. This Saturday Klein carried Kansas State to a 23-10 win over TCU, we all know what happened with Manziel.
Luckily for Klein, Manziel has a cupcake this week and a down Missouri the week after and that’s it. No December 1st game for Johnny Football. Klein faces Baylor this weekend in what will surely be a high scoring game and then gets Texas on December first to finish out the season. Advantage Klein.
–Just four undefeated teams remain. Of the four, only one, Oregon, has to play in a conference championship game (although Ohio State would like to I’m sure).
–With AJ McCarron’s two interception game; Colby Cameron of La Tech becomes the last full time quarterback that has yet to throw an interception.
–Geno Smith and West Virginia are in a free fall. After starting the season 5-0 the Mountaineers have lost four straight and are allowing 49.5 points a game in those losses.
–Unless Nevada’s Stefphon Jefferson can rush for 564 yards in the next two game we will not have a 2,000 yard rusher in college football for the fourth straight year.