This year’s SEC “Game of the Century” has little chance of ending 9-6.
Even with overtime, there were no touchdowns in LSU’s victory.
That game featured 23 defensive players currently on NFL rosters (12 from LSU and 11 from Alabama). It also featured a first-year starting quarterback for Alabama (sophomore AJ McCarron) and a pair of LSU QBs (Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson) who were, well, let’s just say they were not Heisman Trophy winners.
This time, McCarron is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and Texas A&M has Johnny Football.
Tide coach Nick Saban on Wednesday called A&M “one of the great offensive teams, maybe in the history of college football.” The teams combined for 849 yards in A&M’s 29-24 upset in Tuscaloosa last November.
As big as Alabama-A&M feels, it’s too early to bill this as the Game of the Year. Back in 2011, it was clear the winner of Bama-LSU was on the fast track toward the BCS championship game. As it turns out, a loss was only a detour for the loser, but that’s another story.
By November, both Alabama and A&M could be out of the title chase. It doesn’t seem likely, but you never know.
No. 1 Alabama (minus 7½) at No. 6 Texas A&M: Tide won’t stop Johnny Football, but A&M won’t stop Tide ... ALABAMA 42-31.
Vanderbilt (plus 13½) at No. 13 South Carolina: Jadeveon Clowney won’t win the Heisman, but he can still wreck a game ... SOUTH CAROLINA 28-13.
No. 7 Louisville (minus 14) at Kentucky : Teddy Bridgewater and Co. pour it on against rival Wildcats ... 45-17.
No. 20 Wisconsin (plus 5½) at Arizona State: Badgers power through heat and fast-paced Sun Devils ... WISCONSIN 31-28.
For his next trick, QB Jameis Winston gets Noles fans to buy tickets to see Nevada ... FSU 56-20.