Early look at SMU Mustangs 2014 Schedule

SMU MustangsMuch like North Texas Mean Green, SMU also just released their 2014 schedule to the public. While their schedule is front loaded with some tough games at the start, the middle and back end of the schedule look to be manageable and I am sure June Jones and staff would like to see an improvement in the win column this year, since last year ended with such a down note. And for the second year in a row, SMU will deal with a change in their conference opponents since the American Conference has had some teams bolt for other conferences, but at the same time they welcome in some former Conference USA opponents as well.
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Is Johnny Manziel un-draftable?

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel is at it again, as the College season came to a close, we started hearing less and less from “Johnny Football”. But now the draft is fast approaching and the combine will be starting soon, he decided to come out and speak. When asked his thoughts on Houston passing on him, he said “it would be the biggest mistake they could make”. Which is funny because he went on to politic for other teams and even said he “wants to be the guy to bring a Super Bowl to Cleveland”, he even went on to talk about how it would be folk lore if the Dallas Cowboys drafted him. Now pardon me while I pick myself off the floor from laughing at that last phrase. Continue reading

Aggies thinking Championship or Bust in 2013

Last year was a magical season for the Texas A&M Aggies, they had a Heisman trophy winning quarterback and shocked the world by going 6-2(11-2 overall) in the very tough SEC Conference. But the story for the Aggies this offseason hasn’t been about expectations or even what they have done in preparation for the season, it has been all headlines for their Heisman quarterback Johnny Manziel. I won’t get into that now; I have some thoughts on him to post later. But don’t get me wrong, the national media is now paying attention to A&M, every team in the SEC is paying attention and a lot of people are saying it is an SEC championship and National championship or bust for the Aggies this year. But are they really ready to make that next step?

Johnny Manziel returns for an encore to his successful Heisman campaign from last year, but this year will prove to be a lot tougher on him than last year. He was an unknown, surprising everybody week after week and improving. This year he will have a target on his back and defenses chomping at the bit to knock him down. I think he will be okay and can turn this year into a success for the Aggies, but be will be ducking and dodging a lot more this year than last. Obviously there isn’t a quarterback who can do it alone, but as a Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel will have some lofty expectations to make big plays on his own.

Luckily for Manziel the Aggies have Oklahoma transfer and sophomore running back Brandon Williams to pick up some of the slack in the running game. Between him and Manziel, there should be plenty of explosive plays coming out of the A&M backfield. But a running game alone can’t help an offense; you have to have some down field weapons, which will be one of the bigger questions for the Aggies offense. Led by senior Derel Walker and junior Malcome Kennedy, they hope to give “Johnny Football” lots of opportunities to make plays down field. If all three units can mesh together, then that will make the offensive lines job so much easier. Some experts are saying this is still one of the top offensive line units in the country, and with someone who is elusive as Manziel; their job will be easy and focusing on picking up the blitz, or creating holes for the running game.

Last season everybody made fun of the Aggies moving into the SEC and said the Aggies couldn’t hang with the SEC offenses. They quickly proved that wrong by holding their opponents in the SEC under 30 points in conference play. The Aggies defense had one game where they allowed 57 points, but that was in a non-conference game against Louisiana Tech. This year looks to be just as good for the Aggies on the defensive side of the ball; they are returning five starters from last year and will be anchored by experience with two seniors and six juniors on the defense. Also in their favor is the fact they have most of their toughest games at home this year. Their biggest test could be a potential night game near the end of the season at LSU. If the Aggies defense can match the same type of intensity from last year, then the Aggies will be a team who could win the Conference.

The Aggies have a favorable schedule this season with most of their toughest games being at Kyle Field and returning 11 starters from last year. Aggie faithful will have higher expectations, but the biggest question mark will be how Johnny Manziel is able to handle the pressure of being a returning Heisman winner. If he can just be half as good as last year and the rest of the team picks up that slack, then the Aggies may be National Championship contenders, and if he doesn’t, then they could just be pretenders. The Aggies are no longer an unknown; they will have a target on their back this season.

8/31 – Rice- W

9/7 – Sam Houston St. – W

9/14- Alabama- W

9/21- SMU- W

9/28- At Arkansas- W

10/12- At Mississippi- W

10/19- Auburn- W

10/26- Vanderbilt- W

11/2- UTEP- W

11/9- Miss. St. – W

11/23- At LSU- L

11/30- At Missouri- W

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2013 Record: 11-1

Aggies eyeing SEC and National title in 2013

Aggies 2013-3Before I get started, let me first say that I am now eating a big ole helping of crow after the season the Aggies had. I was on the bandwagon with many people saying they would get embarrassed, and joining the SEC was just plain laughable. Well, The Aggies proved me wrong this year, they had an amazing season and gave us one of the most exciting players in all of college football.

After surprisingly destroying the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl, there is a lot to be said about this Texas A&M squad. All of it is good and it is scary to think a big portion of their roster will be returning in 2013, more experienced and hungrier than this year. The Aggies are only losing 18 players off their roster to graduation, don’t know if any juniors will apply for the draft, but that still leaves a lot of talent back for next season, and the biggest piece of all, Johnny Manziel is returning for his sophomore year. Let that sink in for a minute…he is only a sophomore!

After going  11-2(6-2) in their first season in the SEC and probably being one or two plays from another win and potential chance to have a shot at the SEC crown, they don’t have a lot of room for improvement going into 2013 except to win the SEC and possibly be in line for a National Title. Which can be a very attainable task with the amount of talent returning, plus looking at their schedule, it is mostly favorable.

Aggies 2013 schedule

  • Rice
  • Sam Houston State
  • Alabama
  • SMU
  • @ Arkansas
  • @ Ole Miss
  • Auburn
  • Vanderbilt
  • UTEP
  • Mississippi State
  • @ LSU
  • @ Missouri

Four road games, two road, four home, two road is how the season breaks down for the Aggies and most of their toughest games are at

Aggies 2013-2

home, the only real road game that could be tough is at LSU. But that doesn’t mean the Aggies can rest and expect season number two to be easier. This year they surprised everyone, next year they will have a target on their backs. Losing coordinator Kliff Kingsbury will hurt, Johnny Manziel will also have a tougher year because everyone will know what he is capable of and be ready to key in on him.

Going into 2013, I would put them as one of the early favorites to compete and possibly win the conference. But don’t count them out for a National Championship hunt either. The Aggies are beginning to prove they are the best team in Texas right now, and possibly one of the best in the country.

Whether you are a fan or not, it will be exciting to see what they can do going forward and it will be fun to see if Manziel can capture a 2nd Heisman trophy.

 

Say Hello to Johnny Heisman

After the upset over Alabama I wrote a piece about Johnny football and said one day we would be calling him “Johnny Heisman”. Well, that day came sooner than I ever expected as Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M has become the first Freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy. It is a shock to most to see someone win the award after only one season of major college football under his belt. But if you watched him at any point this season, you would know he is truly deserving of this honor.

Winning the Heisman is usually the topping to the career cake for most great football players, but winning it in your freshman year will undoubtedly put more pressure on Johnny Manziel to win it a 2nd time and even carry the Aggies further than he did in his first season as the quarterback. After a solid 10 win season, upsetting then number one team at home and being one win away from possibly being in the SEC championship game. The cards will be set up for the Aggies and Manziel to possibly be favorites to be in Atlanta next season.

Regardless from what happens from here on out, one thing will remain true and honest, Johnny Manziel will always be called Heisman winner and nobody will ever be able to take that away from him, no matter what happens the next two or three years.