The Program: How Worried Should Alabama Be About Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M?

Michael Felder@InTheBleachersNational CFB Lead WriterNovember 6, 2012

Johnny Manziel, aka "Johnny Football," seems to have taken much of the college football world by storm. For Texas A&M fans, he's a revelation at the quarterback spot. For SEC haters, he is who they are pinning all of their hopes to when it comes to stopping Alabama from getting to the title game. The Aggies have surprised some folks, and now they make a trip to Tuscaloosa hoping to upset the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

On this episode of The Program, we get into the nuts and bolts of this ballgame. First up? We'll look at AJ McCarron and this Crimson Tide passing game. How will they stand up against a Texas A&M team that uses blitzes and four-man rushes to put pressure on quarterbacks and make signal-callers uncomfortable? We shall see.

The bigger issue for Texas A&M will not be getting pressure on McCarron. It will be getting the Tide's blockers out of their defenders' chests. We know Alabama loves to run the Power-O. The real issue here is discovering if Texas A&M can do a better job against the Tide than it did against LSU's physical rushing attack.

Luckily for the Aggies, they do get to trot their offense out onto the field. That means Johnny Manziel will have his shot against the Crimson Tide. Ordinarily, I'm a sucker for mobile quarterbacks against Alabama. However, we'll see how the redshirt freshman handles an Alabama defense that got a wake-up call this past Saturday.

Can Texas A&M beat Alabama? We discuss that and more here on a Chalk Talk edition of The Program.