Alabama Football: Brutal Crimson Tide Defense Will Stifle Johnny Manziel

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 7, 2012

November 3, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Nico Johnson (35) celebrates with teammates defensive back Deion Belue (13) and defensive back Dee Milliner (28)  during a game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Alabama defeated LSU 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
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Quick, someone warn Johnny Manziel, high tide is coming. 

The only thing hotter than the Texas A&M freshman sensation this November is his opponent this Saturday, the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. The defending national champions have won 13 straight games dating back to last November, and boast the country's No. 1 ranked defense, a brutal unit which is surrendering just nine points per game in 2012.

Alabama's defense will make Johnny Manziel's Saturday afternoon an absolute nightmare. If you don't believe me, keep reading. 

Nick Saban's powerhouse has recorded two shutouts in nine games and given up just 10 touchdowns in as many games dating back to last January's BCS National Championship Game.

If you're still not convinced that the Crimson Tide defense will stifle Manziel, consider this: Manziel has accounted for more than 63 percent of the Aggies' touchdowns on offense this season, and more than 68 percent of Texas A&M's yards on offense. Clearly Kevin Sumlin's squad is only going to go as far as Johnny Football takes it this fall.

So, what's the lesson here? 

Saban has had a week to prepare for Texas A&M's No. 1 threat, Manziel. Saban has seen it all and no doubt has concocted a game plan to stop it all. His arm, his legs, his speed. Everything.

Then there's the road factor. Beating Alabama with a freshman under center is hard enough at home, but inside Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa?

Stick a fork in Manziel and the Aggies this weekend.

And if all else fails, we have the "Johnny Manziel vs. good teams" argument. In the Aggies'  two losses this season, at home to Florida and LSU, Manziel has just one touchdown, compared to 31 scores in A&M's seven wins against teams currently ranked outside the Top 19 in the BCS standings. 

If you're like me and love college football, it's hard not to root for Johnny Manziel, no matter where your allegiances lie. He's a game-changing talent who's every bit as effective as he is fun to watch.

Unfortunately, Alabama's brutal defense will stifle him, which will make him and the Aggies difficult to watch this weekend. 


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