How an Upset Win over Alabama Would Impact Johnny Manziel's Heisman Stock
The Texas A&M University Aggies will have their biggest test of the season this weekend when they travel to Bryant-Denny Stadium and take on the No. 1 ranked University of Alabama Crimson Tide.
Nick Saban and company have a chance to lockup the SEC West with a victory this season, but Texas A&M is more than capable of pulling off an upset and shocking the college football world. Not only would a victory prove that the Aggies are a serious contender in this conference, but it would also seriously boost Johnny Manziel's Heisman stock.
The freshman quarterback is currently listed sixth on the ESPN Heisman board, but with a win on Saturday, it would have to considerably move him up that list. And you may call me crazy, but I believe a win would make him the favorite in a weak Heisman class this year.
I know, you are asking, but what about Collin Klein of Kansas State University?
The Kansas State Wildcats have had an incredible run this season, but have yet to beat a team as great as Alabama. We are talking about not only the best defense in college football, but a team that has received every first-place vote in the AP Poll for a majority of the year. Many are already penciling them in for the national championship and are having trouble finding any team that can knock them off when the Crimson Tide play their best.
In other words, Texas A&M is entering this game as gigantic underdogs.
Sure, the signs are there for the Aggies to possibly make this a competitive matchup, but The Caesars Palace has them losing by nearly two touchdowns. Without a doubt, Manziel would have to play the game of his life for Texas A&M to pull off the shocking victory.
But if he does, the Heisman belongs to him.
Be honest, you had Texas A&M finishing at the bottom of the SEC and couldn't imagine it would be 7-2 and No. 15 in the BCS rankings. This is the same program that everybody laughed at during the offseason and said it had no business being in the SEC, as it was usually a middle-of-the-road team in the Big 12.
Now, there is a possible chance that a redshirt freshman can lead that same program to a victory over the defending national champions in Tuscaloosa.
If Texas A&M beats Alabama, does Johnny Manziel deserve the Heisman?
That is what Heisman Trophies are all about and would give "Johnny Football" his Heisman moment that every winner needs before hoisting the award. A victory would put this program on the map similar to how Robert Griffin III did last year with Baylor University. And although the Aggies are a Top 20 team, you could consider it the biggest upset in college football this season, considering the circumstances.
Manziel has put this Texas A&M squad on his back all season, as he went from an unknown player to one of the top playmakers in college football in just a few games. He leads the SEC with 922 yards on the ground and is completing 66 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns in the air.
He has gone over 500 total yards twice this season, and he has been responsible for at least four touchdowns in five games. Without him making every big play and taking command of this offense, the Aggies don't have that impressive record and likely aren't a ranked team.
What Manziel has done in just nine games has been remarkable, but if he can top it off with a victory over Alabama, he goes from dark horse candidate to likely Heisman winner.
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