THE BIGGEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME EVER!
1 Alabama vs. 15 Texas A&M
Great athletic events that have historical significance are well-documented. Examples are David vs. Goliath, and the Christians vs. the Lions. There were big buildups, before these events actually took place. Although they happened a few hundred years ago, people still talk about them, and not just the sports fans.
This Saturday, in the same week as the Presidential Elections, the Texas A&M Aggies will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to face the mighty Crimson Tide. The Tide is ranked number one in the nation, and is coached by Nick Saban, who is acknowledged by many to be the greatest college coach in the world.
While the Aggies have respectable athletic credentials, they do not have a history of frightening other teams on the football field. So, who are they, and how did this happen? A good time to start would be December 11, 2011. That is when they hired Kevin Sumlin to be their head football coach. They did this in Lubbock, Texas.
Sumlin is an African-American, and the first one to be a head coach in any sport, at Texas A&M. In just one year, they have gone from being practically invisible, to becoming a nationally prominent team. So, it has come to pass that they must go to Tuscaloosa this Saturday to meet the dreaded Tide.
Make no mistake about it; the Aggies will be big underdogs. Everyone knows that when the Tide begins to roll, it obliterates everything in its path. The Aggies know this, and yet they still plan on showing up. Like Chip Kelly of Oregon, Sumlin employees the Spread Offense. His teams score early and often. However, scoring against Alabama is uncertain at best. So, this is why they play the game.
This game will likely have the highest television ratings of any college football game this season, and they will be higher than some of the Bowl Games that will come later. Sumlin probably will not win this game. After all, Alabama is at home, and Saban has been coaching there for the last five years. College football in some states, especially the southern ones, is more important than Racism and Religion. This is a game that all the locals would like to attend, and those who cannot, will be glued to their television sets.
The late Back Bryant was Alabama's greatest football coach. Like the other head coaches of his era, he was a segregationist. However in 1964, he broke with the tradition, and invited the Trojans to play in Tuscaloosa. However, things did not go as he had planned, and the Trojans walked away with the victory.
Like the Trojans, the Aggies will have to wade into a virtual sea of Crimson and hope that they can come out alive on the other side. There is not likely to be any violence, because if the Tide wins as expected, the fans will be too happy to fight. If by some miracle, the Aggies win, the local fans will be unable to do anything except to cry.