This may come as a shock to some of you, but as Aggies, we like to believe that the whole world, namely referees and David Ubben, is against us. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the Heisman race. We feel, rightfully so, that Johnathan Football deserves the Heisman, for statistically he’s having one of the best seasons in the country, while still being at the top of list on most valuable to their team. In fact, I think regardless of how many cats Te’o saves this weekend, the race should pretty much be locked up. However, I think as Aggies we need to take a second to have a little understanding and empathy for the rest of the country, and understand why they would be so averse to the idea of Manziel winning the Heisman. Besides the nationwide hatred/envy for the SEC, everyone in the country has heard (because we’ve been screaming it at them) that Texas A&M was an untapped gold mine. All it would take was a little push, and this program could be one of the best in the country. However, because of the Lost Decade (looking at you Fran), even some of the most loyal Aggie supporters began to wonder if it was true. It appears, however, that the dawn has finally broke. We finally have the coach, the quarterback, the defense that doesn’t make our gut clench up in fear whenever the opponents get the ball. No, times have never been brighter for Texas A&M football. And at the center of it all, stands a barely 6 foot tall freshman named Johnny Manziel, who did what no one thought could be done. He went toe to toe with SEC defenses and held his own, and did more than that against Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He showed that the spread can work against the stoic monsters in the best conference in the country. But perhaps more importantly, he showed that it WILL work. This is only Sumlin’s first year. This is only Manziel’s first year. Can you imagine this offense actually improving? Can you fathom what those numbers would look like? Maybe the conference will break down his tape this offseason and figure out how to defend him. Maybe. But maybe not. And that is what is truly scary. The rest of the country is desperately trying to catch up to the SEC, but Johnny is pushing the SEC forward, faster. Other conferences need him to fail, to flame out, because if they see a freshman Heisman in the SEC, they just see more dominance on the horizon. So deep down, the country is not really afraid of Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman.
They’re afraid of him winning four.