CBS Sports columnist, Gregg Doyel wrote a story about how the media has made Johnny Manziel a “sympathetic figure” on Thursday September 5. While it’s true, and the media has gone way overboard in their dismantling of Johnny Manziel’s character, don’t believe they aren’t waiting for Manziel to play against Sam Houston State. Texas A&M hosts the FCS power Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the home of the 12th man. Even Tom Brady called him a “turd” in a roundabout way.
With all of the upsets from the first week of the season, combined with the lethargic play by the Aggies’ defense, we should expect Texas A&M to be focused from the opening kick. Maybe with Johnny Manziel, both sides of the ball will play with the confidence that so many hate.
It’s likely that Johnny Manziel will have his first rushing touchdown on Saturday. Here are a few things that may keep the media off his back for 12 hours. We know by Sunday afternoon, there will be multiple stories about Alabama.
If Johnny Manziel is running into the end zone and has to dive for a score, he shouldn’t. A few of the ESPN analysts might take it as a sign of showboating. The second thing Manziel shouldn’t do is run too fast or throw the ball too hard. He’s playing Sam Houston for goodness sake. Why would he take the game serious against an inferior opponent? The third and most important thing Johnny Manziel needs to not do is call an audible on Saturday. Sometimes an audible takes pointing out the defender who’s blitzing, or looking at the coverage in the defensive backfield. By pointing out the defense, he will be flagged for taunting.
For Texas A&M as a whole, they must play better. Defensively, they will still be out a few defenders with suspensions, so the young guys will get more game action. In the second half against Rice, the Aggies competed much better.
The Verdict: Texas A&M wants to look sharp and not give the Bearkats any hope of springing the upset. The Aggies will come out strong and score early and often. Johnny Manziel puts up at least four touchdowns in the win.
Texas A&M Aggies 55
Sam Houston State Bearkats 17