John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Johnny Manziel played like a Heisman winner in Tuscaloosa.
In Texas A&M's inaugural year of SEC play, Johnny Manziel and the Aggies went into Bryant-Denny Stadium and slayed the No. 1 Crimson Tide. Manziel's performance in the game led way to him becoming the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
In last year's tilt, he hooked up on 24-of-31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 92 yards on 18 carries.
While somewhat of a pedestrian performance for the freshman, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart saw far more than he would have liked.
Prior to playing the Aggies, Smart's unit was only allowing 9.11 PPG, 66.33 YPG on the ground, 162.56 YPG through the air and 228.98 total yards on defense.
Well, those numbers were shattered on Nov. 10.
Texas A&M scored 29 points, rushed for 165 yards and threw for 253 yards. Needless to say, the 'Bama defense won't forget what happened last season.
Catching Kevin Sumlin's group much earlier this year, Sept. 14, Alabama makes the road trip to College Station this time around. There's no question Nick Saban will have another solid defense in 2013, but it will be without the services of CB Dee Milliner and S Robert Lester to just name a few.
Nevertheless, expect the young defensive talent in Tuscaloosa to rise to the top.
The biggest offensive question for the Aggies early in 2013 will revolve around how quickly they can replace OT Luke Joeckel and C Patrick Lewis on the offensive line. Being without the services of the potential No. 1 NFL draft pick, Joeckel, certainly deals a blow to the unit.
While many may feel Saban and the Tide will struggle in College Station, there's simply no denying the fact that everyone associated with the University of Alabama will be out for revenge.