College Station, TX - With almost 24 hours to go, every Alabama native and Aggie across the nation waits in restlessness. The moment that has been building up since last November is almost here. The wait to see the rematch of Johnny Football versus Saban and the Crimson Tide is coming to an end. The tailgaters have already begun, the media has been talking for months and the fans have had this date circled on their calendars since Johnny Manziel solidified his Heisman fate at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Some of the players for the Alabama Crimson Tide have already come out to say that this game is not a rematch, it is simply a means to an end for earning their third straight national championship, but it safe’s to say not all 'Bama fans agree. Now, obviously the desire to win another national championship is great, but there is also a desire that deeply yearns to redeem the only blemish on their 2012 season.
Texas A&M views this game as the largest game to ever be hosted at Kyle Field, and rightfully so. This game will bring more national attention and more revenue to the city of College Station than anyone could ever dream of. Every hotel is completely full, every restaurant and bar will be packed out, and Former Students near and far will be making the journey to Aggieland in the hopes of watching Kevin Sumlin lead his team to another solidifying moment on the college football map.
Details upon details add up to make this Saturday’s 2:30 match-up the most exciting college football game to take place this year, if not for years to come. The teams bring a ridiculous amount of talent on both sides of the ball, with Alabama’s strength in their defense and A&M’s hope riding on Johnny Manziel. As the time ticks closer, they’re a few keys points that both teams will be looking to capitalize on in order to be one step closer towards a national championship.
Alabama, thus far (in their only game this season), has shown a heavy strength in its special teams and a severe lack of production in the offensive line compared to last year. This fares well for A&M seeing as how Snyder and the Aggies defense have been struggling to find their rhythm this season with the absence of a few key defensive starters due to multiple suspensions. However, the problem for the Aggies is that their defensive has never played together before with all 11 starters on the field.
With special teams also being an issue for Texas A&M, 'Bama could look to capitalize early with an easy kick off return for a touchdown or a punt return that puts them in field goal range. Either way anyone looks at it, there are pros and cons to both teams and both teams bring an equal opportunity to Kyle Field on Saturday to win the game.
As the debate ensue, and fans emotions begin to truly become overwhelming, the reality of the entire weekend is this: one team will win and one team will lose. But if Texas A&M can bring home a win, this will go down as the greatest victory ever achieved in school history.