The Alabama Crimson Tide comes in to College Station looking for revenge against the Texas A&M Aggies after the losing to them at home last season. That loss was the Tide’s only loss of the season. Wide receiver Amari Cooper says the Tide aren’t looking for revenge though.
The game is already hyped up to be one of the biggest college football games off all time. Alabama is an elite program that has dominated college football in the Nick Saban era, Johnny Manziel is a polarizing character and the sports biggest star. A graphic was even made depicting Saban as satan and Manziel as Jesus arm wrestling.
CBS has decided to capitalize on this with a “Johnny Cam” dedicated to following Manziel everywhere. ESPN did this with the Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III on Monday Night Football.
From the Dallas Morning News:
“To me, everything we try to do here at Texas A&M is about team,” he said. “It’s about building our team and building our program, not being an individual. Saturday afternoon, you’re going to have two football teams on the field.
“I don’t understand why there’s got to be one guy singled out with a camera on him the entire time. That’s not what we’re trying to be about. That’s not what we’re trying to promote. Certainly, from my standpoint looking out, all the criticism about individualism on a football team, I don’t think this helps enhance a team concept one bit.”
Manziel will have to be on his best behavior in an emotionally charged game. We saw how he was criticized for every move in the season opener against Rice. That in itself could be a distraction for Manziel.