Last season Texas A&M went into Alabama and came out with a huge victory, virtually assuring Johnny Manziel would be among the Heisman finalists. That upset catapulted “Johnny Football” into the American conscience, and winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman cemented his status in NCAA football lore. Manziel’s still on college football fans’ minds, but this season it’s for very different reasons. Considering all the storylines we’ll preview below, millions of people will tune in today to watch the Tide vs Aggies rematch, this time in College Station on the Aggies’ home turf. And if you can’t catch the 12:30pm (Pacific) game on CBS on your own TV, you’ll want to find ways to Watch Alabama vs Texas A&M live streaming online or at a buddy’s house.
Here in the Northwest, where University of Oregon fans will watch the second-ranked Ducks take on the Tennessee Volunteers in Autzen Stadium, we’ll also have our eyes turned farther south. Alabama and its undefeated record is all that stands in the way of the Ducks topping the NCAA College Football rankings and AP poll. Naturally, Ducks fans will be rooting for the second upset in a row of Alabama vs Texas A&M. They may have to watch Alabama vs Texas A&M live streaming online via their phones or laptops, presuming they’re at their tailgaters or in Autzen Stadium right now. But Oregon fans won’t be the only ones rooting for the upset.
Johnny Manziel had no shortage of controversy this summer. Although it’s too early to tell what his antics may mean for his NFL future, it’s sure made for good theater for the past few months — and it made one one of the most-anticipated NCAA college football games of the season.
Manziel will lead the Texas A&M Aggies onto their home turf to take on an Alabama Crimson Tide team focused on revenge. Nick Saban took the Tide’s only loss of the season last year very hard, but Alabama had the last laugh, winning the BCS Championship game against a completely out-matched Notre Dame team. As if flat-out revenge weren’t enough of a motivator, this year Alabama players have some other reasons to take out the Aggies, and they largely revolve around Manziel.
“Johnny Football” dropped out of the Manning Passing Academy, organized by Peyton and Eli Manning, either because he was dehydrated or hungover, depending on who you believe. He reportedly took money for signing autographs, a controversy that went unproven by the NCAA but still resulted in his half-game suspension for the Aggies’ season opener. When Manziel entered that game in the second half, he led the team to victory but was benched for the last series due to inappropriate autograph-signing gestures in the air. Add that up, and you can be guaranteed that if you watch Alabama vs Texas A&M live streaming online (using CBS’ SEC site) you’ll see a Tide team out to take the Heisman winner down a notch.
Today’s Alabama vs Texas A&M rematch will have huge implications for both the SEC and BCS championship races. As stated above, the second-ranked Oregon Ducks are taking on the Tennessee Volunteers at the same time the Tide take on the Aggies, so there will be plenty of Pac-12 fans watching the CBS game out of the corner of their eye. Likewise, the entire SEC will be watching to see how Alabama performs for the second year as a No. 1 team taking on Texas A&M, which is ranked No. 6 going into today’s game.
It’s not just rankings that make the game interesting, though. It’s also an opportunity to watch how the “traditional” style of Alabama stacks up for the second year against the “new school” offense of Texas A&M. No doubt Oregon fans will be watching for that reason as well, as the Ducks have maintained their lightning-fast offense even after Chip Kelly’s departure for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. The debate has consumed college football for years now, giving football fans in general, whether a Tide or Aggies fan or not, a good reason to watch Alabama vs Texas A&M live streaming online or on TV.
Kickoff for today’s Alabama vs Texas A&M game is 12:30 Pacific / 3:30 Eastern. In last year’s game Texas A&M jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter. If history is any indication, then, you’ll want to tune in early if you decide to watch Alabama vs Texas A&M live streaming online or on CBS. Much like the Ducks will likely jump on Tennessee early, the Aggies will look to jump on the Tide early. And with Alabama out for revenge, and perhaps some personal reasons as well, they may have to strike early for their very survival in College Station.