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January 9, 2013

If I had a vote, Texas A&M would be my No. 1

As I See It ... Tony Eierdam

MINERAL WELLS — If you watched Monday night’s fiasco of what was billed as college football’s BCS National Championship Game – “No. 2” Alabama’s 42-14 rout of “No. 1” Notre Dame – you may agree with what I have to say in this space.

In my humble opinion, the current best team in college football was not in Miami playing in what is also popularly called the “Mythical National Championship Game.”

As much as Alabama’s accomplishments of winning back-to-back MNCs should be respected – and they are a great football team with a top-notch coach – I still say they were not the best college football team in 2012.

With Oregon and Kansas State slipping and allowing Notre Dame to play the Crimson Tide, college football fans on Monday were cheated out of a better matchup.

Notre Dame also had a fine season, but obviously proved it was not worthy of playing for a national title, mythical or not.

In my opinion, the best team in college football in 2012 was the Texas A&M Aggies, a team that went to the hallowed and sacred grounds of Tuscaloosa and soundly defeated what was called the best team in college football – and maybe ever – by respected media types and coaches-turned-media-types.

Now before you start howling that I am an Aggie fan trying to stick up for “Old Army,” then you don’t know me very well.

I am a TCU guy, and if you don’t know, TCU folks throw compliments around about the Maroon and Burnt Orange about as easily as they throw man-hole covers.

In other words, I am giving credit where I think credit is due.

If you saw the game – and I did – you saw that Alabama had no answer for “Johnny Football,” Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

Manziel, a redshirt freshman, dashed and darted through the ‘Bama defense for almost 100 yards, and then torched the back-pedaling ‘Bama defensive backfield for 253 yards through the air, completing 24 of 31 passes.

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