Alabama must be considered the big winner in week 3 of the NCAA football campaign. Even if the margin of victory was smaller than many prognosticator’s had predicted, a big win is a big win. The Crimson Tide solidified their hold on the nation’s no. 1 spot with a 49-42 victory over Johnny (Football) Manziel and his Texas A&M Aggies on a Saturday afternoon in College Station.
Oregon showed why it deserves the no.2 ranking by beating a good SEC team from Tennessee 59-14 behind sophomore QB Marcus Mariota (#8). He did everything right in stating his case to NCAA fans everywhere as to why he is worthy of Heisman consideration.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the week came in Ann Arbors “Big House” where 107,120 mostly Wolverine fans sat in virtual silence as a team from Akron took a 4th quarter lead before (11) Michigan barely pulled it out in the end.
Alabama 49, Texas A&M 42
Whether you like him or not, you must give jersey number 2 of (6) Texas A&M credit. At the beginning of Saturday afternoon’s battle with (1) Alabama, it appeared as if it may be “deja vu all over again” for QB Johnny Manziel against the Crimson Tide. Last year the Aggies jumped out to a 20-0 lead en route to a 29-24 victory. This year the score was 14-0 in their favor before many Aggies fans were comfortably in their seats.
However any dream of the 2012 upset reoccurring was quickly brought back to reality by Alabama. They scored 35 unanswered points and then held on, as Texas A&M refused to die.
Manziel threw for 464 yards and 5 TD’S, just missing another 100 (98) yards gained running. Alabama QB A.J. McCarron had 4 TD tosses of his own in the 49-42 Crimson Tide victory.
Oregon 52, Tennessee 14
At the same time Alabama and Texas A&M were competing in the Lone Star State, a likely successor to Johnny Manziel as recipient of the 2013 Heisman Trophy emerged in Eugene, Or. QB Marcus Mariota (#8) threw for a career high 456 yards including 4 touchdowns as the (2) Oregon Ducks routed the Tennessee Volunteers 59-14.
Things won’t get much easier for the Vols with their first SEC matchup of the year awaiting at (19) Florida next week. The Gators will literally be “out for blood” after losing last week to Miami.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Michigan 28, Akron 24
No one saw this one coming.
(11) Michigan demolished lowly Central Michigan 59-9 in their opening game. They then came back with an impressive 41-30 win against #14 Notre Dame last week.
On this early afternoon of late summer in Ann Arbor they came within one play of losing to the Akron Zips. The Zips had the ball at the Wolverines 4 yard line in the final series with 3 chances to put the ball in the end zone, but with time expiring on the clock, a pass into the end zone was incomplete.
As the time ticked to 0:00, the better part of 107,120 game attendees who were Wolverines fans released a collective sigh of relief.
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