The most anticipated game of the week, if not the year, comes our way this Saturday from Kyle Field as the Texas A&M Aggies host the Alabama Crimson Tide.
While it is still early in the season, this game has national championship implications. Alabama enters as the No. 1 team in the land, while the Aggies are sitting in sixth.
Of course, the Aggies beat Alabama last year, and Nick Saban still wound up hoisting another national championship trophy.
Texas A&M has looked magnificent in wrapping up two wins this year by a combined score of 117-59.
Meanwhile, Alabama dominated Virginia Tech in its lone game of the season, but the offense of the Crimson Tide left a lot to be desired as it picked up just 206 yards.
This game will also feature a certain quarterback named Johnny Manziel. Perhaps you've heard of him. CBS is banking on the fact that you have. The network, which is covering this game, will have a camera devoted solely to following Maziel.
Obviously, the hype is on high for this game. Here is how you can catch it all.
Where: Kyle Field in College Station, Texas
When: Saturday, September 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Spread: Alabama +7.5 according to Covers.com
Injury info via USA Today.
Probable: Geno Smith, DB, Suspension
Questionable: Wilson Love, DL, Concussion; Alvin Kamara, RB, Knee
Out: Dalvin Tomlinson, DL, Knee
Probable: Ricky Seals-Jones, WR, Knee
Questionable: Julian Obioha, DE, Undisclosed
Out: Floyd Raven, Sr., S, Collarbone
Key Storyline: Can Manziel Do It Again?
Johnny Manziel's unprecedented freshman Heisman campaign got kicked into high gear last year after the quarterback went 24-of-31 in against Alabama for a total of 253 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 92 yards on 18 carries.
This led A&M to a 29-24 win. However, only nine of those points came after the first quarter.
Coming off a performance where the Tide allowed just 212 yards to Virginia Tech, Alabama's defense will be eager to prove that Manziel's performance against them last year was merely a blip on the radar, not a player talented enough to beat them again.
I'm surprised by the plus-seven-and-a-half spread. Alabama was not all that impressive in its opener. Yes, the Crimson Tide were in full control of that game and won by a comfortable margin. However, they also had a hard time moving the ball.
Alabama dominated that game by capitalizing on the Hokies mistakes—mistakes that the Aggies are not going to make.
Texas A&M 24, Alabama 17
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