Wins over Rice and Duke don’t sound like much, because, well, they’re wins over Rice and Duke. And, in fact, the Liberty Bowl was in little doubt from the first play from scrimmage, as MSU’s monster-sized quarterback carried what looked like two-thirds of the Owls defense for three or four yards. If there’s one thing Dan Mullen is experienced with, it’s beating programs from lesser light conferences.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl, on the other hand…
Texas A&M lived up to the new SEC motto – “Defense doesn’t win championships; it’s just something you do until the offense comes back on the field” – with a vengeance. And if there’s anybody who knows how to exploit a shitty defense, it’s David Cutcliffe. (If he watched the game last night, Willie Martinez was probably having acid flashbacks to that 2006 debacle in Athens.)
In the end, though, despite Duke’s best efforts, the game wound up being a giant platform for the talents of one Johnny Manziel, who simply wouldn’t quit. His defense finally caught up with him and made a couple of big plays, but if the rumors are true about Johnny Football, this game was one helluva farewell to college football from him.
And it was also a reminder about how puzzling the media response to Manziel was this season. Sure, he’s brash at times. But it’s not like he got somebody pregnant, was caught dealing drugs or brandished an AK-47 (although I’m not sure that gets you in trouble in Texas these days). He had another dazzling year and yet it’s almost as if it didn’t matter. And it should have, because, at least for me, he’s been the most fun CFB player to watch since Darren McFadden.
I mean, what can you say about this?
Let’s see A.J. McCarron top that.