As if there was another option in Week 3 for ESPN’s College GameDay, the cast and crew will be in College Station, Texas for the battle between the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies.
Texas A&M beat the defending BCS National Champions last season with the help of elusive quarterback Johnny Manziel, so Alabama will be looking for redemption.
Manziel is coming off a Heisman Trophy win in his freshman season and plenty of offseason controversy, and all eyes are on College Station in Week 3.
Not only is the Crimson Tide looking for redemption, but the team is also trying to prove it is still the juggernaut it has been over the last four seasons.
The implications of this matchup are off the charts, and watching Lee Corso and the cast of College GameDay break it down will be the perfect start to another football Saturday.
Game Day Predictions
Johnny Manziel Will Struggle
The Alabama Crimson Tide were beaten last year by the elite play of now-sophomore Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel. The program will not let that happen again, and it will have a game plan in place to stop him.
Manziel completed an impressive 24 of 31 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns (with another 92 yards rushing) in last year’s upset victory over Alabama, but the Crimson Tide will have a better idea of what they're up against this time around.
Texas A&M hasn’t needed Manziel to run so far this season (only has 55 yards rushing total in 2013), and Alabama wants to keep it that way Saturday.
With a focused front seven and a strong secondary that allowed Hokies dual-threat QB Logan Thomas to throw for only 59 yards and rush for only two yards, Manziel will have a hard time mounting the kind of offense needed to make up for his own team’s defensive inefficiencies.
Predicted Stat Line: 18-of-30 for 225 yards and two passing touchdowns; nine rush attempts for 41 yards and zero touchdowns
T.J. Yeldon Will Break Out
While many fans are down on sophomore T.J. Yeldon after he managed only 75 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech, the star running back will have a monster statistical game as head coach Nick Saban recommits to the running game.
With Rice and Sam Houston State amassing 306 and 240 rushing yards, respectively, against Texas A&M, this matchup will provide Yeldon the chance to shine. Not only will he have huge numbers, but he will also help Alabama control the clock and keep Johnny Football off the field.
If Yeldon gets hot early and the Crimson Tide continue to feed him the ball, the Aggies will lose this matchup in front of a national audience in blowout fashion.
Predicted Stat Line: 25 carries for 175 yards and two touchdowns
Alabama Will Win
The Crimson Tide come into this matchup as the No. 1 team in the nation, and the program will leave with the same distinction. While the Aggies have a strong team, they will not be able to solve the Alabama riddle two seasons in a row.
The biggest issue for Texas A&M will be the team’s inability to mount any kind of stiff defense (ranked 84th in the nation) against the Crimson Tide offensive unit.
Led by Yeldon and the rushing attack, Alabama will get back to basics and pound the Aggies with a steady dosage of running plays.
Final Prediction: Alabama 31, Texas A&M 24
|Matchup||Time||Television / Live Stream|
|Thursday, Sept. 12|
|TCU at Texas Tech||7:30 p.m.||ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN|
|Tulane at Louisiana Tech||7:30 p.m.||FS1 (HD)|
|Troy at Arkansas State||7:30 p.m.||ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN|
|DII: Mars Hill at Shorter||7:30 p.m.||(CSS / CST) (cable) / espn3|
|DII: Chadron State at West Texas A&M||8 p.m.||CBSSN (HD) / ALT (HD)|
|Friday, Sept. 13|
|Air Force at Boise State||8 p.m.||ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN|
|Saturday, Sept. 14|
|Akron at Michigan||12 p.m.||BTN (HD) / BTN2Go|
|Bowling Green at Indiana||12 p.m.||ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN|
|Georgia State at West Virginia||12 p.m.||RSPI|
|Louisville at Kentucky||12 p.m.||ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN|
|Stanford at Army||12 p.m.||CBSSN (HD)|
|Tulsa at Oklahoma||12 p.m.||ESPN2 (HD) / WatchESPN|
|UCLA at Nebraska||12 p.m.||ABC (HD) / WatchABC|
|Virginia Tech at East Carolina||12 p.m.||FS1 (HD)|
|Western Illinois at Minnesota||12 p.m.||BTN (HD) / BTN2Go|
|Southern Miss at Arkansas||12:21 p.m.||SEC TV / ESPN-GP / espn3|
|Louisiana Monroe at Wake Forest||12:30 p.m.||FSN Affiliates (HD) / ESPN-GP / espn3|
|New Mexico at Pittsburgh||12:30 p.m.||ESPN-GP / ACC Network (HD) / espn3|
|Fresno State at Colorado||2 p.m.||PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video|
|Youngstown State at Michigan State||2 p.m.||BTN (HD) / BTN2Go|
|Boston College at USC||3 p.m.||PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video|
|Colorado Mesa at Montana State||3 p.m.||ALT (HD) / Max Media (cable) / Big Sky Video|
|Texas Southern at Sam Houston State||3 p.m.||CSCA / (CSN Houston / CSS) (cable)|
|Alabama at Texas A&M||3:30 p.m.||CBS (HD) / CBS Video|
|Delaware at Navy||3:30 p.m.||CBSSN (HD) / Video|
|Georgia Tech at Duke||3:30 p.m.||ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN|
|Nevada at Florida State||3:30 p.m.||ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN|
|Tennessee at Oregon||3:30 p.m.||ABC (HD) / WatchABC|
|Ball State at North Texas||4 p.m.||FSN Affiliates (HD)|
|Illinois vs. Washington (Soldier Field)||6 p.m.||BTN (HD) / BTN2Go|
|Iowa at Iowa State||6 p.m.||FS1 (HD)|
|UCF at Penn State||6 p.m.||BTN (HD) / BTN2Go|
|Southern Utah at Washington State||6:30 p.m.||PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video|
|Eastern Washington at Toledo||7 p.m.||ESPN-GP / espn3|
|Kent State at LSU||7 p.m.||ESPNU (HD) / WatchESPN|
|Mississippi State at Auburn||7 p.m.||ESPN2 (HD) / WatchESPN|
|Ohio State at California||7 p.m.||FOX (HD)|
|Morgan State at Liberty||7 p.m.||ESPN-GP? / espn3 / Video / Flames Sports (cable)|
|Rhode Island at Albany||7 p.m.||(CSMA / CSCA) / (NBC Regional / TWC) (cable)|
|Vanderbilt at South Carolina||7 p.m.||ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN|
|Kansas at Rice||7:30 p.m.||CBSSN (HD)|
|Lamar at Oklahoma State||7:30 p.m.||FSN Affiliates (HD) / FCSC (cable)|
|Marshall at Ohio||8 p.m.||ESPN News / WatchESPN|
|Notre Dame at Purdue||8 p.m.||ABC (HD) / WatchABC|
|Ole Miss at Texas||8 p.m.||LHN / Mississippi cable|
|UTEP at New Mexico State||8 p.m.||ESPN-GP / espn3|
|Western Michigan at Northwestern||9 p.m.||BTN (HD) / BTN2Go|
|Oregon State at Utah||9 p.m.||FS1 (HD)|
|UTSA at Arizona||10:30 p.m||PAC-12 Network (HD) / Pac-12 Video|
|Wisconsin at Arizona State||10:30 p.m.||ESPN (HD) / WatchESPN|
|Live Stream Only|
|Alabama State at Arkansas Pine Bluff||5 p.m.||espn3|
|Bethune Cookman at Florida International||6 p.m.||TBA|
|Cal Poly at Colorado State||3 p.m.||MWC Video|
|Central Arkansas at UT Martin||7 p.m.||OVC Video|
|Central Michigan at UNLV||10 p.m.||MWC Video|
|Charleston Southern at Campbell||6 p.m.||Big South Video|
|Charleston (WV) at Southern Illinois||3 p.m.||$ULive Video|
|Citadel at Western Carolina||3:30 p.m.||$ULive Video|
|Coastal Carolina at Eastern Kentucky||6 p.m.||OVC Video|
|Dayton at Robert Morris||12 p.m.||NEC Front Row|
|Eastern Michigan at Rutgers||1 p.m.||espn3|
|Florida Atlantic at South Florida||7 p.m.||espn3|
|Fordham at Temple||1 p.m.||espn3|
|Fort Valley State at Savannah State||6 p.m.||WGSA (cable)|
|Holy Cross at CCSU||5:45 p.m.||NEC Front Row|
|Howard at Old Dominion||6 p.m.||TBA|
|Humboldt State at Portland State||4 p.m.||Big Sky Video|
|Illinois State at Eastern Illinois||7 p.m.||OVC Video|
|Lincoln at Sacred Heart||6 p.m.||NEC Front Row|
|Marist at Georgetown||6 p.m.||$ULive|
|Maryland at UConn||7:30 p.m.||espn3|
|Memphis at Middle Tennessee||7 p.m.||CSS (cable)|
|Missouri State at Murray State||7 p.m.||OVC Video|