ESPN Updated 2012 Bowl Predictions: Michigan vs. Johnny Football?

Submitted by markusr2007 on November 19th, 2012 at 5:36 PM

ESPN is now predicting Michigan vs. Texas A&M in the Capital One Bowl.

That'd mean Greg Mattison & Co. vs. Johnny Manziel.

So I went over and looked and Johnny's stats and I was just thinking this kid....OH MY GOD!!!.....




November 19th, 2012 at 5:59 PM ^

If wne do, at least we will be in a good bowl. And let's consider that these are just predictions and that we may get and even better bowl. 


November 19th, 2012 at 6:01 PM ^

I would love to see Michigan vs Texas A&M and I'm sure the team would love the challenge.

Good thing that some of our fans don't play for Michigan...

OMG Texas A&M NOOOOOOO, OMG OMG OMG NO!!!!!!   When did we become Indiana fans?   


November 19th, 2012 at 8:01 PM ^

Of all the teams we could see in the Cap 1 Bowl - TAMU, yes please. 

It's like the Alabama game is the only game A&M has played all season.  Guess what, they've only played two other tough games all season, Florida and LSU, both were at home and both were losses.  After Alabama, their next best win is...Miss St?  Louisiana Tech (who they only beat by 2)? 

Johnny Manziel is a very good QB.  And TAMU played their best game of the season when Alabama played their worst, and had that game lasted an extra 5 minutes, Alabama wins it and we're talking about A&M as being a middle of the road SEC team. 

Now, do I think we'll beat them up?  No sir.  But I think we have a better shot against them than against LSU, Florida or Georgia. 


November 19th, 2012 at 6:33 PM ^

back in 1977, think it was. They rolled into Ann Arbor and everyone was freaking out leading up to the game. Tough Big 8 team and all that. And we stomped them, 50 something to something small, can't remember the score.


November 19th, 2012 at 6:48 PM ^

Would rather be in the Rose Bowl duh..... but if that's how it shakes out, then BRING OL' JOHNNY FOOTBALL ON!  Jake's got something for ya Johnny!


November 19th, 2012 at 6:52 PM ^

If Martinez breaks his leg and the backup Nebraska QB throws 5 interceptions, then sure. Otherwise, you're letting desperate hope overwhelm your higher brain functions.


November 19th, 2012 at 7:02 PM ^

Based on most models, this would not be an insurmountable matchup. Using the Sagarin ratings, Texas A&M would actually only be a 1 TD favorite, which I'll take. Further, they give up 245 yards per game in the air on average per game, which is lower tier in Division I, as well as 136 yards on the ground, which is a good rush defense (32nd nationally). They are also 93rd nationally in turnover margin, which is something that we are opprtunistic enough to exploit, I would think.

Could be a good game, if it does indeed happen. 


November 19th, 2012 at 8:12 PM ^

Last time Michigan played a Heisman winner* in a bowl it worked out great. 

* I assuming Johnny Football wins it this year. Hard to find a better candidate.


November 19th, 2012 at 9:28 PM ^

I don't care who we play I just do not want to get embarrassed on national tv again. I think we're good enough to make it a really good, close game, but it could also go the opposite way and result in atrocity.


November 19th, 2012 at 10:11 PM ^

Don't want my 2 teams playing each other.

M is my first love, but I think A&M would win. Johnny Fucking Football is on fire and Evans is a beast. Also have top OL in the country and a projected top-5 pick on defense.


November 19th, 2012 at 10:20 PM ^

but there's a high probability Manziel would make us look stupid. If Braxton does anything like that this Saturday, Manziel would probably do it x2 or x3


November 20th, 2012 at 9:45 AM ^

I'm not the only MGoBlog poster with some ties to A&M -- see MichiganAggie above, and there are several others whose handles escape my memory right now.  But I'm sure they share my mixed feelings about this potential matchup.

I'm a Michigan grad, but spent most of my childhood in Texas and come from a family of Aggies - my dad and grandfather both graduated from there, and several other relatives still work there. (It's to their great credit that as much as they love the school, my dad/grandfather never pressured me to go to school there; U-M had the academic program I wanted that wasn't offered at TAMU.)  I went to dozens of A&M games both at Kyle Field and on the road as a kid. It's safe to say a little bit of maroon blood still courses through my veins, and I was thrilled to see the Aggies beat Saban's evil empire a couple weeks ago. But there's no question I'll always root for Michigan in a head-to-head matchup, as I did during the Alamo Bowl in '95.

A&M's a great school with passionate and extremely loyal fans/alums, great traditions, etc, so a bowl game b/w A&M and Michigan would represent a lot of what's great about college football -- two good teams, terrific (if very different) marching bands, lots of history and tradition on both sides. What a treat it would be to see two of the more exciting college football players in recent memory, Johnny Football and Shoelace, go head-to-head. (Aggie fans travel very well, so I'm afraid the crowd in Orlando would be hugely tilted toward A&M.)

That said -- while Michigan should never be "scared" of any opponent, I think this would be a tough matchup for us. A&M has a hell of a lot of Texas-bred athleticism on both sides of the ball. The offense would be particularly tough for us to handle, even granting the solid fundamental play of our defense and that Mattison would have a month to prepare. Their O-line is almost as good as Alabama's: A&M's two tackles, Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews (yes, he's from *THAT* Matthews football family) are both juniors who will probably come out early and be first-rounders along w/Taylor Lewan; and their senior center, Patrick Lewis, is a David Molk-style leader/linchpin. We all know about Manziel now, but their depth and talent at wide receiver w/Swope, Nwachukwu, 6-5 freshman Mike Evans, et al. would severely test our secondary. Malena and Michael are a solid duo at RB. And of course, their Oregon-style tempo would pose a huge challenge. Their defense is pretty good too (28th in scoring D).  What's more, Kevin Sumlin seems finally to have rid this team of the "second-half-chokers" syndrome that plagued them under Mike Sherman. (This program has always been what Jackie Sherrill called a "sleeping giant," and perhaps Sumlin is the coach who will finally make them the national power that their recruiting base, fan support, facilities, etc. indicate they should be.)

I think it could be a competitive game, but I could also see a scenario in which Manziel & Co. light us up and our inability to run the ball consistently and keep their O off the field would cost us over 4 quarters. We're still a couple good Hoke recruiting classes away from having the depth and talent (particularly at the skill positions) to really stand toe-to-toe with these deep SEC teams like Alabama and A&M.