If Alabama beats Notre Dame on Monday night, then Texas A&M should be voted number 1 in the AP poll next week. I know, I know. Nobody likes a split championship, especially if you’re an Alabama fan. Also, a two-loss team is a stretch for some voters. Nevertheless, I think A&M has made a powerful case for a number 1 ranking. Here’s why:
1. The Aggies beat the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. That ain’t easy, folks. But Johnny Football had the game of his life, and his team was clutch when it counted. They knocked off the number one team in college football, and it was impressive.
2. In addition to beating the #1 team in the nation, the Aggies also beat three other teams in the top 25 over the course of the season. Just tonight, they shellacked #11 Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. See video below.
4. The Aggies got better as the season progressed. I watched A&M’s first game against Florida. I was really interested to see how A&M would match up in the SEC. It was very clear to me in that game—and I said so at the time—that Manziel was special. Even though they lost, he was really impressive. As the season wore on, this freshman got better and smarter, and so did his team. And they kept winning. By the time they played Alabama in November, Manziel was at the top of his game, and they were peaking as a team. They are not the same team today that they were when they started the season. They are far better.
4. The Aggies’ two losses were to two highly rated SEC teams. Both games were squeakers. They lost to Florida (#24) by 3 points, and to LSU (#6) by 5 points. Even though they lost these games, they never got dominated. They were very close. If Florida and LSU would have played A&M in November, I think A&M would have won both games. A&M is at the top of their powers and would certainly beat both teams now.
5. Johnny Football.
6. Johnny Football.
7. Johnny Football. Is there any question that this is the best player in the country? I’m an LSU fan, but I love to watch A&M play because of him. He’s one of the most electrifying college football players I’ve ever seen. And he’s only a freshman! Which means that he’s going to be giving LSU fits for another three years. I’m not looking forward to that, but I am looking forward to some more Johnny Football in the SEC.
For all of these reasons, I think the AP voters should look really hard at giving Texas A&M the #1 ranking—if Alabama beats Notre Dame. I don’t think there’s a team in the country that could beat Texas A&M right now.