TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – It’s a game that has been billed by many as the game of the year in college football. For the Alabama Crimson Tide, the chance to topple the Texas A&M Aggies would provide sweet revenge after the Aggies ended Alabama’s perfect season in 2012 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
That revenge is not something Alabama head coach Nick Saban has wanted to discuss. He insists the game is just another matchup between a talented team on the Tide’s schedule.
For many University of Alabama students, though, Saturday’s game is about revenge – on Texas A&M and on reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
Manziel, a redshirt sophomore quarterback from Kerrville, Texas, picked Alabama’s defense apart last season on the way to A&M’s 29-24 victory in 2012.
“Get revenge on Johnny [Manziel] and the whole Texas A&M team,” freshman Ty Sims said of his hopes for Saturday’s game. “But mainly Johnny [Manziel].”
To fans, it’s all about retribution – paying back Manziel and A&M for the searing pain of loss Alabama fans felt after last year’s game.
“Last year they kind of stole the win, and I don’t want to see that again this year,” Dalton Shedd said.
While it is evident that some students and fans have not fully gotten over what happened last season, for some students, a victory over the Aggies is what matters most to the Crimson Tide’s season – not revenge.
“The opportunity to have a three-peat victory in the [BCS National Championship game] going along with the fourth national championship in five years would be amazing,” sophomore Trevin Fluker said.
For now, all they can do is wait and hope Manziel isn’t full of first half heroics again on Saturday.
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