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ESPN's 'College GameDay' to Attend Alabama vs. Texas A&M Week 3 Showdown

November 10, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) carries through the Alabama Crimson Tide defense during the first quarter at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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Randy ChambersAnalyst ISeptember 8, 2013

As if it really needed an announcement, ESPN's College GameDay is heading to College Station to take in the Alabama-Texas A&M rematch, set for Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

Maybe you were expecting FAU and South Florida? Ole Miss and Texas? Of course not. This has been the most anticipated game in the country, and there was no way Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit were going to stop anywhere else.

The battle between Johnny Manziel and Nick Saban is a clash of two titans, and Johnny Football came out on top last year. Texas A&M's 29-24 win over Alabama last season in Bryant-Denny Stadium came as a surprise to everybody.

The newbie of the SEC wasn't supposed to be this great this fast. It also wasn't supposed to upset the defending national champions in their own house.

Manziel passed for 253 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 92 yards and making an Alabama defense look silly. It was something college football had never witnessed. Some claimed it was a fluke, others were convinced that Texas A&M was the real deal and then the rest didn't quite know how to take in what they had just seen.

Alabama struggling on the field? Huh?

This rematch has been intriguing from the second last year's game ended.

Not only does the contest give both sides the opportunity to prove themselves, but it is also holds implications for the national championship. Alabama will enter the game as the No. 1-ranked team in the country, while Texas A&M is ranked No. 6 in both polls. 

A win over the Aggies solidifies the top spot for the Crimson Tide and creates smooth sailing the rest of the way with a weak SEC schedule. However, Texas A&M could skyrocket toward becoming the No. 1 team if it can once again find a way to knock off the two-time defending champions.

Texas A&M is coming off victories over Rice and Sam Houston State. Alabama won its game against Virginia Tech in Week 1 and had a bye week to prepare for this monster of a game.

Let the best team win. Much like College GameDay, we'll all have our eyes glued to the action.

 

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