This weekend brings to us maybe THE most important game for the Ducks this season, and surprisingly, the Ducks will not be playing in it. That’s because I’m talking about the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies against the team that everyone is trying to stop from breaking NCAA records in No. 1 Alabama. The Crimson Tide have won the past two National Championships, and Oregon could have debatably been in both to try to prevent Nick Saban from being considered a football demigod. There has always been one team that has stopped the Ducks from proceeding to that legendary stage, and it’s about time someone do likewise and upset the Crimson Tide from achieving their goals.
The beauty in this story is that Alabama, although an absolute powerhouse in the NCAA, has a minor rivalry with A&M, thanks to last year’s Heisman winner, Johnny Football. In the 2012 season, the Crimson Tide, after a remarkable, hard-fought win against the LSU Tigers the week before, ended up losing to the great Johnny Manziel and the magic he brought to the field that day. Some would say it was a fluke and that Alabama was mentally fatigued after the long battle and impressive comeback against the Bayou Bengals. Others would say it was fair and square, and Nick Saban simply wasn’t prepared for Manziel’s trickery.
Either way, they meet again this Saturday, in a Battle for the Ages. Nick Saban has refrained from referring to this game as revenge or even a rivalry, but deep down we all know he’s looking to shake up Manziel like no one has ever done before, with ‘Bama’s relentless defense.
If Mr. J. Football can pull off the upset once again, it could open up the No. 1 spot for the mighty Ducks, which would most likely be a solid lock for the entire season – should they sustain their aggressive mentality and win out. Everyone around the country will be watching this one, and Oregon fans will surely be rooting against Nick Saban’s squad.