Deke Bellavia: Look out LSU - Here's Johnny
Not since Tim Tebow and the powerful Florida Gators came to town has a team with a big time player roared through Tiger stadium. Yes, folks in the Capital City will get their first and perhaps only look in person at one of the all-time greats in the history of college football...Johnny Manziel, "Johnny Football!"
The 9th ranked Texas A&M Aggies are still very much alive for a BCS Bowl bid with their final two games against ranked teams. A&M battles LSU on the road this week, then the Aggies wrap up the regular season against the Missouri Tigers.
Both LSU and Texas A&Mare coming off bye weeks. A&M beat Mississippi State 51-41 two weeks ago; LSU was beaten soundly in the 38-17 loss handed to them by the #1 ranked Crimson Tide. Both teams, however, are clearly fired up for this game.
The Tigers and Aggies have played 51 times. The Bayou Bengals hold a 28-20-1 edge. The Tigers won the last two meetings including last season's 24-19 win over Texas A&M in College Station.That 19 point output by the Aggies offense was the second lowest total points scored in a game under QB Johnny Manziel. (The Aggies lost 20-17 last season to Florida.) The rivalry between these two schools is one of the best in all of college football.
Texas A&Mfootball IS JohnnyManziel. Last year's Heisman trophy winner put up even better numbers this season. In week two "Johnny Football" ran through Alabama's defense... reducing the Crimson Tide to just average. Johnny Football gashed the Tide for over 550 yards of total offense.
And to those who preached thatManziel is just a college athlete and his play may not do well on the professional level, well Johnny upped his passing game this season.So far"Mr. Football" has passed for 3,313 yards with 31 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions. Manzielalso rushed for 611 yards and eight more scores giving him a total 39 TDs.
If LSU has a shot at beating A&M, they need to...at the very least...get the Tigers offense a couple more possessions than A&M.
Yes,Johnny is a little cocky...somewhat arrogant at times...but he's good. "Damn good, I say," said Bobby Hebert. "Manziel is one of those special players who just has the ability to score anytime he has the football. It's going to be hard for LSU to slow him down," observed the Cajun Cannon.
Texas A&M scores on average 49 points per game. In their two losses the Aggies scored 42 and 41 points...a 49-42 loss to Alabama followed by a 44-41 loss to Auburn. The A&M offense is one of the most efficient and best offensive units in the country.
Texas A&M averages 379 passing yards per game to go along with 198 rushing yards. That's nearly 600 yards...(577) yards every game. And the Aggies have produced with such strong utput against the very best opponents.
The most exciting home game of the season presents the biggest challenge for an LSU defense, that hasn't done well for most of the season. And, when the Tigers' D has faced a top tier QB, they've faired far worse.
This QB, Johnny Football, is the best of the best. Saturday should be downright fun. Who has the most fun is yet to be determined. But, I'd bet win or lose...Johnny will have his numbers. Will those numbers put his Aggies over the top against the Tigers? Tune in Saturday to find out.
Our coverage on WWL (870am and 105.3fm) starts at 10am. Join Bobby Hebert & Deke Bellavia for the "Fleur de Lanes Tiger Tailgating Show" live from LSU's campus in front the ticket office on North Stadium Drive. Pre-game with Jim Hawthorne at 12:30...kick-off 2:30pm ...then after the game—"The Purple & Gold Point After" with the Big Chief live from Bayou Burger, 503 Bourbon Street in the world famous French Quarter ...on TIGERradio WWL!