Heisman Trophy 2012: Why Weak Late-Season Schedule Will Hurt Johnny Manziel
As impressive as Johnny "Football" Manziel has been throughout this season, he may have peaked at the wrong time.
His performance against the Alabama Crimson Tide was awe-inspiring.
Manziel has recently entered the Heisman discussion. The Texas A&M quarterback would be the first freshman to ever win the trophy, though there have been a few freshman Heisman hopefuls in the past.
However, the Aggies' upcoming schedule may ruin his chance of doing so. The level of competition is considerably lower than Alabama.
Their matchup on Saturday was Sam Houston State, an FCS team.
In that game, Manziel did have a record-breaking game, according to ESPN, becoming the first freshman in NCAA history to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards.
The Bearkats did manage to score 27 points after, but still came up short after the Aggies scored another touchdown in the 47-27 win.
Manziel even attempted an extra point, which he missed.
The game was undeniably over when the Aggies were up 40-0 in the third quarter, but defeating an FCS team during the home stretch of a Heisman performance is more lackluster than impressive.
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Especially considering Manziel's performance against a dominant Alabama defense, easily defeating a successful FCS team is not impressive.
Texas A&M's opponent next Saturday is Missouri. And although the Tigers are an SEC team, they are currently 5-5 with a 2-5 conference record. The outcome of that game might be similar to this week's matchup.
By comparison, the Tigers lost to Alabama by a score of 41-10. They allowed almost double the points than the Aggies.
All in all, Manziel's season has been spectacular up to this point, but other contenders are facing tougher schedules in the spotlight. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o plays at USC, facing fellow Heisman hopeful Marqise Lee. Meanwhile Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron can still lead Alabama to the BCS National Championship with two wins.
For the sake of his Heisman chances, Manziel had better hope that the last two games are not what the voters remember.
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