Teenager Shakes up BCS by Rolling ‘Bama

Johnny Manziel is a teenager for another 29 days, but on Saturday he played like a Heisman Trophy finalist in leading his Texas A&M Aggies to victory against Number One-ranked Alabama. The talented teen became the first freshman to beat a Number-One team on the road. The Aggies entered the game as a 13.5-point underdog, but ‘Bama seemed to be suffering from mental fatigue after their close call in Baton Rouge a week ago as they quickly spotted the Aggies 3 touchdowns. As expected, ‘Bama woke up and returned to form, but they weren’t able to overcome their early lapses. Manziel’s masterpiece performance included 253 yards passing, 2 touchdowns and 91 yards rushing. Manziel now has 3,794 yards of total offense, and although the Aggies are not in the BCS title hunt, Manziel is now certainly the subject of Heisman considerations with Colin Klein and Kenyon Barner.

Slayed Goliath

The BCS has 3 teams vying for 2 spots with Georgia the top 1-loss team in the country. The 3 unbeaten teams that matter are Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame, all of whom were on the road and all of whom started their games knowing that Alabama had lost. The race was on to see who could impress the computers the most. At 6PM CST Kansas State kicked it off as a 7-point favorite against TCU (6-3). An hour later, Notre Dame – a 20-point favorite – started with BC (2-7). Finally, on the west coast, Oregon started the nightcap – a whopping 31.5-point favorite – against Cal (3-7).

Kansas State’s Colin Klein had a merely very reasonable night, which probably doesn’t help his Heisman hopes; however, his team’s stingy defense helped out as they managed a respectable 13-point victory over a tough TCU. Oregon started slowly but rose to the occasion to romp over the Golden Bears by 42, forcing the sports-book to wait for the clock to strike midnight. All the pre-game talk about Kenyon Barner was subjugated to the on-field performance of Marcus Mariota, who had an outrageous game and put up EASPORTS numbers with 6 touchdown passes and 419 yards of total offense. His primary target was Josh Huff, who caught 5 balls for 109 yards and 3 scores.

Was Playing Video Games!!!!

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won but didn’t come close to crashing the BCS computers. With Kansas State and Oregon covering their spreads rather easily, the Irish had to crush BC. Notre Dame found itself in a dog fight for most of the evening against a team that shouldn’t have been competitive and the Irish won by a mere 15 points. This leaves the Irish in a very vulnerable position because their season ends before everyone else’s. The Irish’s last two opponents have a combined record of 12-8, and with no particularly compelling game in either opponent the 1-loss BCS contenders can pad their resumes in the runup to the final polls. Oregon will be the logical Number One team in the country when the rankings come out, with Kansas State picking up a couple of votes. Georgia, with a win in the SEC title game, could leap frog over an undefeated Kansas State based on strength-of-schedule and their SEC credentials.

Averaged 13 yards a carry today against Auburn

On a night when showboating mattered Notre Dame didn’t show it, and they now seem relegated to odd-team-out unless miracles occur. Let us not forget that Notre Dame and its fans believe in miracles.