Marquee Matchup Week 11: #15 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama

#15 Texas A&M at #1 Alabama

Where: Bryant-Denney Stadium, Tuscaloosa
When: Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on CBS
Last time they met: Alabama won 30-10 in 1988

It has really become my Wednesday ritual to sit down with the weekend’s college football schedule and search for a Marquee Matchup that doesn’t involve two SEC teams. Sadly, once again there is just no way around it. While I certainly plan on flipping back and forth to check on the Oregon State vs. Stanford game (hoping the Cardinal can get a win to help ND’s strength of schedule), the afternoon game to watch is clearly the Texas A&M at Alabama matchup.

If you haven’t had the chance to watch A&M’s Johnny Manziel (popularly becoming known as Johnny Football) you’ll now have the opportunity to watch him against the best defense in the country (sorry Irish fans, we’re still #2!). Manziel has shown a incredible knack for playmaking ability, particularly when the play breaks down. Think about Everett Golson in the 4th quarter against Pittsburgh, but now think about it happening all season long. Oh, and Manziel is a first year player as well.

To date Johnny Football has thrown 16 touchdown passes while adding another 15 touchdowns on the ground. That is 31 touchdowns in 9 games. But, Manziel’s worst game so far this year was against LSU which is boasting the nation’s 10th ranked defense. We’ll see if he learned any lessons that he can apply in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

For Irish fans, this represents what is likely the last hope for Alabama to drop out of the national championship race as games with Western Carolina and Auburn follow for the Crimson Tide. Most people continue to project an undefeated season for Bama as they enter the game as 14 point favorites. I do think that there will be a slight letdown in performance following last week’s last minute victory over LSU, but I don’t think it will be enough for A&M to pull out a W on the road. Final Score: Alabama 31, Texas A&M 21.

Previous predictions:

Week Prediction Actual W/L vs. Spread
Week 1 Alabama 31 – 10 Michigan Alabama 41 – 14 Michigan W
Week 2 Georgia 24 – 17 Missouri Georgia 41- 20 Missouri W
Week 3 USC 34 – 20 Stanford Stanford 21 – USC 14 L
Week 4 Florida State 35 – 24 Clemson Florida State 49 – 37 Clemson W
Week 5 Florida 17 – 10 LSU Florida 14 – 6 LSU W
Week 7 LSU 14 – 10 South Carolina LSU 23 – 21 South Carolina L
Week 8 Florida 21- 13 South Carolina Florida 44 – 11 South Carolina W
Week 9 Notre Dame 24 – 21 Oklahoma Notre Dame 30 – 13 Oklahoma W
Week 10 Alabama 21 – 13 LSU Alabama 21 – 17 LSU W
Week 11 Alabama 31 – 21 Texas A&M ? ?

Twibby’s 2012 Record vs. Spread: 7-2

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