Why We Should Be Rooting for Texas A&M vs. Ohio State BCS Championship Game

Tim Bielik@bielik_timSenior Analyst IMarch 8, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 22:  Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes slips past Greg Irvin #7 and Lamarcus Farmer #3, both of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers, during the second quarter on September 22, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Alabama fans will not like to hear this, but the most exciting possible national championship game in 2013 involves two of the top quarterbacks and offensive coaches in college football.

Fans should want to see Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Ohio State's Braxton Miller play each other in Pasadena for the BCS National Championship Game in January 2014. What better farewell to the BCS than a matchup between two of the game's most exciting playmakers?

Manziel is coming off a memorable redshirt freshman season, leading the Aggies to a phenomenal 11-2 record in their first year in the SEC.

Miller was just as outstanding for the Buckeyes, as he helped guide them in Urban Meyer's first year to a 12-0 record.

The storylines for this game almost write themselves:

—Ohio vs. Texas

—Big Ten vs. SEC

—Meyer vs. Kevin Sumlin

—Manziel vs. Miller

Not to mention as well that the man who was the defensive coordinator when OSU last won the national championship, Mark Snyder, is coordinating the Texas A&M defense.

The two programs are iconic in themselves, but also reinvented themselves in 2012 as Sumlin brought the high-octane spread game with Manziel to College Station and Meyer made his return to college football after a year away from the game.

If you want excitement, storylines and possibly the most intriguing quarterback matchup since Matt Leinart vs. Vince Young in the 2006 Rose Bowl or Sam Bradford vs. Tim Tebow in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game, you'll be pulling for this matchup.

From a Texas A&M perspective, this game would be the type where the Aggies can validate their return to the elite level of college football, somewhere they haven't been in quite a long time. It would also get them further out of the shadow of big brother Texas, which has not been itself since its loss to Alabama in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game.

Ohio State can do wonders with a win over A&M If the two teams were to meet. It would end the SEC dynasty that OSU's two championship game losses in 2006 and 2007 started.

A win by Meyer in the national championship game would put him in the company of Nick Saban as the only coaches to win a BCS national championship with two different teams.

But looking at this matchup on paper, who isn't intrigued to see Miller and Manziel go head-to-head?

Both players should figure heavily in this year's Heisman race, and if Miller wins the Heisman this year, it would create a matchup of the last two Heisman Trophy winners. It happened back in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game with Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow, but this contest could field the potential for more offense.

Meyer and Sumlin are two of the game's best offensive minds, and adding two of college football's best playmakers in the mix can only add to the flair this matchup will bring.

Will it happen? It's possibly, but likely not. Alabama will have a lot to say about it, even though it has to travel to College Station this season.

Should it happen?


It's the most interesting matchup involving two of the game's most dynamic players and coaches, thus making it truly must-see TV.


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