TicketCity’s weekly ranking of the 10 hottest games in college football is designed to identify the match-ups with the strongest ticket demand on a weekly basis. This week Alabama vs. Texas A&M ranks #1 on our list. Contributor Jeff K. gives the run-down on who will win this stage-setting match-up.
Why Alabama will win the biggest game of week one:
Alabama’s offensive weapons. The Texas A&M defense has really struggled this season. The Aggies gave up over 500 total yards to Rice and 390 to Sam Houston State. Several suspended players will return this weekend, but Alabama has a bevy of talent at the skill positions. QB A.J. McCarron is a Heisman candidate himself. He has explosive weapons in RB T.J. Yeldon, Christian Jones and Amari Cooper. McCarron struggled against Virginia Tech, but Jones scored three touchdowns to pick up the slack. Expect McCarron to bring his ‘A’ game as the Crimson Tide try to avenge their only loss in 2012.
Why I could be wrong:
Johnny Football. Johnny Manziel has been under the microscope since winning the Heisman. Manziel’s arm seems to have recovered from signing all those autographs (memorabilia or air) and he passed for more than 400 yards last week. The Aggies rolled up 719 yards against Sam Houston State in their tune up for the Crimson Tide. If those suspended players can help shore up the defense Texas A&M could very well beat Alabama for the second year in a row.
Why you don’t want to miss this one:
Some say Alabama fans have been waiting for this game immediately following A&M’s win in Tuscaloosa last year. Do Tide players have revenge on their mind? Nick Saban will have his team focused. Led by a senior quarterback Alabama won’t underestimate this Aggie squad. This is another statement game for Kevin Sumlin and his team as they play for respect in the tough SEC. It’s probably safe to say the tackling epidemic sweeping the country won’t rear its ugly head in this clash.
College Station will be hoppin Saturday. There’s still time to get your ticket to this year’s Game of the Century. Join me Saturday afternoon as I’ll be live-tweeting during the game. Follow @TicketCity and @JeffKubiszyn and share your predictions with us.
Jeff Kubiszyn is a long-time college football fan and joins TicketCity this season to highlight the biggest game of the week. He is by no means a college football expert, except at the dinner table.