Johnny Football’s Replacement, Texas A&M Quarterback Kenny Hill, Arrested For Public Intoxication

kenny-hillKenny Hill, the sophomore Texas A&M quarterback set to take over for Johnny Manziel next season, was arrested early this morning for public intoxication. Police found the 19-12 months previous Hill handed out in entrance of a Chimy’s, a Faculty Station bar simply before 3am. If that wasn’t sufficient, he was sleeping in a planter stuffed with rocks and vegetation. From The Eagle:

When asked who the present president of the United States was, Hill reportedly answered “Bush” and told officers his title was “Kennedy,” authorities said.

You could recall that Johnny Manziel was arrested the summer earlier than he was anticipated to compete for the starting job at Texas A&M.


NFL Draft analyst blasts ‘prima-donna’ Manziel


A certain draft analyst had not-so-nice things to say about Johnny Manziel. (USATSI)
A sure draft analyst had not-so-good issues to say about Johnny Manziel. (USATSI)

Nolan Nawrocki was an NFL Draft analyst with Pro Football Weekly before the publication closed final yr, and he has developed a status for slamming potential top picks in his player evaluations.

He wrote this about Cam Newton earlier than the 2011 draft: "Very disingenuous – has a faux smile, comes off as very scripted and has a egocentric, me-first make-up. All the time is aware of the place the cameras are and performs to them. Has an infinite ego with a sense of entitlement that regularly invites hassle and makes him imagine he's above the legislation – does not command respect from teammates and always will wrestle to win a locker room."

Then, last 12 months, he slapped Geno Smith with this label: "Not a scholar of the game.. Not committed or focused – marginal work ethic."

So, it is smart that we should always shine a light on some of Nawrocki's newest criticism. In any case..

Ah, Nolan Nawrocki. This is your annual moment.— Alessandro Miglio (@AlexMiglio) February 17, 2014

Writing for, here is what Nawrocki needed to write about Johnny Manziel.

"Suspect intangibles – not a leader by instance or identified to inspire by his words. Carries a way of entitlement and prima-donna vanity looking for out the intense lights of Hollywood. Is understood to party an excessive amount of and is drawn to all the trappings of the sport… Has defied the odds and confirmed to be an excellent college-system quarterback, but nonetheless must prove he is prepared to work to be great, modify his hard-partying, Hollywood lifestyle and be capable to inspire his teammates by more than his playmaking ability."

Nawrocki additionally had interesting things to say about South Carolina defensive finish Jadeveon Clowney ("Is still immature and discovering his method – too much of a follower.") and Oregon tight finish Colt Lyerla ("Overly emotional and vulnerable to outbursts following a dysfunctional childhood that offered little route and far confusion related to a divorce.").

So, take all that for what it's price (though he seems to have been fallacious about Newton and Smith). And lest you think I'm attempting to bash Nawrocki – because I'm really not, though I believe the Lyerla criticism actually is not very good – I will embody what Mike Mayock stated final 12 months in regards to the analyst.

"When he puts that on the market, there is not any agenda. He is not trying to bash Cam Newton or Geno Smith. That is the suggestions he's getting from scouts and what he believes based on his tape research. Does that imply it's proper or fallacious? No. Now we have to attenuate that somewhat bit as a result of scouts can say loads of things to get their opinions out there for their very own vested reasons.. [But] I'd bang the table for Nolan Nawrocki."



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Houston billboard orders Texans to draft Manziel

Fans want Houston to bypass better prospects for Johnny Manziel.

(Mike McCoy/KRHD)Fans want Houston to bypass better prospects for Johnny Manziel.
After a disastrous 2013 season, Houston landed the No. 1 pick – the chance to rebuild the franchise with one of college football’s biggest stars. Central Florida QB Blake Bortles and South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney top CBSSports. com’s mock drafts while Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater has also topped draft charts.
Heisman winning quarterback Johnny Manziel? Not so much. While both of our mock drafts from Rob Rang and Dane Brugler have the Texas A&M signal caller going No. 4 to Cleveland, he hasn’t been seen atop many mock drafts.

That hasn’t stopped the group behind DraftJohnnyManziel. com from creating that billboard urging the Texans to take Manziel with the top pick. That site also has a photoshop of Manziel in a Texans uniform. There’s also a petition to keep Johnny Football in Texas because clearly NFL GMs pay attention to fan petitions when making one of the most important draft selections in team history.

(CBS wink of the eye to Crystal Ball Run)

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Johnny Manziel is Houdini and You Must See This Touchdown Play


Johnny Manziel has been doing this sort of factor for 2 seasons with Texas A&M, but is this his greatest wonderful play? It needs to be up there. Let’s rely the things he does:

1) Dances around in the pocket, as traditional

2) With the play seemingly over, he leaves his toes to leap for a couple of yards

3) He lands in the grasp of a defender, who grabs one in all Manziel’s legs

four) Manziel, standing up and ripe to get drilled, shakes free

5) He scrambles and throws a touchdown pass.

Faculty Football goes to miss you, Johnny.



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Johnny Manziel celebrates his 21st birthday

Johnny Manziel turned the massive 2-1 on Friday, and due to Twitter and Instagram, we caught a glimpse into the celebration.

The caption to the above image was as follows: “21st habits don’t you ever get it messed up.”

It’s unknown if he celebrated with Drake, however Manziel did Instagram a picture of him and the rapper the day after his birthday.

Early Friday morning, Steven Brant, one of Manziel’s pals from back house in Kerrville, Texas, tweeted the next, insinuating that he was in Las Vegas. So maybe that’s how Johnny Soccer rang in the huge birthday?

All through a lot of the season, Manziel was within the thick of the Heisman Trophy dialog, but after Texas A&M’s losses to LSU and Missouri, his probabilities of profitable a second Heisman in a row are extremely unlikely.

At least he appeared to have a nice twenty first birthday.

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NCAA Prediction & Pick- Aggies vs. Tigers Week 14 College Football Preview


#21 Texas A&M Aggies (8-3) @ #5 Missouri Tigers (10-1) 11/30 7:45PM EST


Line: MIZZ -4.5

Over/Under: 67.0


On Saturday night regular-season finale, the only thing standing in the way of No. 5 Missouri winning the Southeastern Conference East title is finding a way to slow down Johnny Manziel along with his 21st ranked Texas A&M Aggies in what should be a another good game.


That is the big challenge facing Missouri (10-1, 6-1), especially after last year’s Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel torched the Tigers. Win and Missouri has a date on December 7 for the SEC title game in Atlanta. Lose and the South Carolina Gamecocks would advance by virtual of beating the Tigers back on October 26.


We’re excited about playing this game,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “We’ve worked real hard to get this position. You know what, you compete for a championship, you’ve got to beat good people.”


For the Aggies (8-3, 4-3), they will have the pleasure of playing spoiler after losing big last week to another Top 25 team, the LSU Tigers 34-10.


Missouri doesn’t figure Johnny Manziel will have two bad games in a row where last week he stunk it up (in Manziel standards) completing only 16 of 41 passes for 224 yards, one touchdown, two picks and career-low 5.46 yards-per-attempt.


It wasn’t fun to get beat like that,” said Manziel. “We will see how we handle adversity. This team with a bunch of young guys—we just have to see how they bounce back.”


A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin added…


I think the guys are ready to play,” Sumlin said. “We are playing in a real season and real opponents and real games. Are we where we want to be right now? No. It doesn’t mean the sky is falling either.”


Manziel may be playing in his regular-season finale, who is expected to go Pro, so he wants to finish strong to end the season.


The sophomore sensation has been silent about his draft intentions, but it’s a safe bet that the NFL will be the next step for him.


All Manziel has done in his second season in the SEC is lead the conference in passing yards per game with 321.5 touchdown passes with 32. He also has 665 yards rushing and eight touchdowns added into the mix.


He’s such a great player,” Pinkel said. “If you watch him game in and game out, then you see the consistency oh how he plays and the way he does it. You have to contain him the best you can, and you have to score points on offense. There is nothing magic about this.”


But Manziel will have to deal with a defense that leads the SEC with 35 sacks and 18 interceptions and a defensive unit that has forced turnovers in 41 consecutive games… good for the nation’s longest streak.


They really improved from last year, obviously, and statistically lead the league in sacks,” Sumlin said. “They lead the league in interceptions too, which is an underrated stat.”


And with a Missouri running game that ranks second in the SEC with 238.0 yards a game along with their defense, the early lines have made the Tigers a (minus) -4.5 point favorite for Saturday’s contest. As the spread may change, be sure to check the latest odds here through Wonder Punter up until game time.


Revenge will be fresh on the minds of the Tigers who last year suffered a 59-29 beat down at the hands of Johnny Manziel who went 32 of 44 for 372 yards and three scores while adding two rushing touchdowns of his own on 67 yards.


That A&M win last year snapped the Tigers three game winning streak in the series.


As for the numbers, the Aggies average 45.6 points to Missouri’s 39.7 but the Tigers have the better defense yielding 19.3 to A&M’s ‘soft’ 31.2 points per contest.


A&M sophomore Mike Evans is the biggest threat with 61 catches for 1,314 yards with 12 touchdowns.


This year I expect the Tigers’ senior quarterback James Franklin to make it three-out-four years for the Missouri Tigers beating the Aggies. Franklin returned to action last week after missing time with a shoulder injury.


It’ll be just nuts because it’s Senior Night and because of how we’ve been doing this year,” said Franklin. “The fans want to come for what’s on the line.”


PICK: Missouri



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NCAA Week 13 College Football Recap- #22 LSU Shuts Down #12 Texas A&M 34-10


#12 Texas A&M Aggies (8-3)- 10

#22 LSU Tigers (8-3)- 34


Line: LSU -3.0

Over/Under: 74


In what was supposed to be another Southeastern Conference “classic” on Saturday, instead became a one-sided affair as No. 22 LSU shut down Johnny Manziel and No. 12 Texas A&M 34-10 in Death Valley.


LSU running back Terrance Magee powered his way for 149 yards rushing on 13 carries for one touchdown as the Tigers running game accumulated 324 yards total on 55 rushes.


We just got punched in the mouth tonight and it wasn’t fun,” Manziel said. “It wasn’t fun to get beat like that. We will see how we handle adversity. This is a team with a bunch of young guys—we just have to see how they bounce back.”


LSU (8-3, 4-3 SEC) had no answer in stopping the Tiger’s offense on a cold, wet and windy day in Baton Rogue as LSU (8-3, 4-3 SEC) outgained the Aggies 517-299 total yards.


With the weather conditions tonight, that was something that kind of had to happen,” Magee said. “We wanted to keep Johnny off the field and the only way to do that was to keep the ball on the ground and let the clock run.”


Johnny Manziel, in what was probably his only visit to Tiger Stadium had one of his worst performances of his short collegiate career. He passed for 224 yards and a touchdown, but was only 16 of 41, was sacked twice and picked off twice as Texas A&M’s road winning streak ended at 10.


The Tigers defense dominated and shut down the SEC’s leading offense, which came in averaging a whopping 578 yards and 49.2 points per game.


LSU also ended the Aggies 13-game streak of scoring 40 or more points.


In two seasons under coach A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, and with Manziel at quarterback, the Aggies have never had less points and yards in a game.


LSU coach Les Miles was given the game ball by his players, but gives all the credit to his football team.


They look forward to playing a quality opponent with marquee written all over it,” Miles said. “Competition: It’s a long word and there’s a lot to it… This is a team that knows how to play in big games and will fight you.


The defense rushed and maintained leverage and we put speed on the field and covered,” Miles said. “That’s the kind of LSU defense that we’re used to.”


LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger went 11-of-20 for 193 yards and two touchdowns with and interception and hit one of his favorite receivers Jarvis Laundry for times for 87 yards, including touchdowns of 40 and 10 yards.


LSU won the time of possession 40:19 to 19:41 which kept the defense fresh, and it showed.


We were not able to stay on the field offensively. Because of that our defense just got grounded down. You have to give LSU credit across the board,” Sumlin said. “Offensively, LSU stuck to their plan and I thought our defense held up for a long time, but we gave up a couple of big plays that separated it. That’s something we need to learn from.


You get on the road and the crowd gets into it; I thought we started pressing a little bit offensively ,” Sumlin added.


With a constant dose of an LSU power running game and controlling the line of scrimmage and clock, they were able to dictate the game from beginning to end and come away with an impressive win.



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A.J. McCarron: Can We Just Acknowledge That He’s Very Good?

A.J. McCarron SI CoverA.J. McCarron is quarterback for Alabama. Alabama is a superb staff. This has seen him thrust into the Heisman highlight. Now Sports activities Illustrated appears to be asking whether or not he’s among the many best of all time. It’s time to quiet down with a healthy draft of perspective.

A.J. McCarron’s manufacturing has not been extraordinary. McCarron has posted some wonderful numbers for his career. He completes sixty seven-sixty eight % of his passes. He has thrown sixty seven touchdowns to 13 interceptions in 37 begins. In 2012, he finished first nationally in passer rating and third in yards/try. These numbers impress, but ought to be qualified.

We credit score agency over structure for quarterbacks. McCarron has played his whole profession with first spherical linemen, first spherical ability players and gamers who might be first spherical picks. His coordinator, Doug Nussmeier, is among the many sport’s finest. Those factors didn’t make A.J. McCarron, but they impacted his improvement. Give him Logan Thomas’ surroundings (new line, all new running backs and huge receivers for 2 years working) the past couple years and he appears so much different.

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McCarron’s numbers don’t blow away his friends. He’s about on par with every high-tier potential NFL quarterback prospect. He has never been the standout quarterback in his convention and even his division. Johnny Manziel won the 2012 Heisman and is having a greater 2013. One can make a case for Zach Mettenberger having a strong 12 months this yr, as well as Tyler Wilson in 2011.

He has additionally been touchable at times. His numbers, as one would anticipate, dip towards Prime 25 defenses. Alabama has confronted one of those this season, Virginia Tech. McCarron completed 10/23, averaged 4.eight YPA and had a 1-1 TD-INT ratio. See LSU games in previous seasons.

Nick Saban and AJ McCarron are so cute together

Profitable is the one factor, nevertheless it’s overrated. McCarron supporters concede the purpose about his numbers, but argue it ought to be trumped by how a lot he has received. McCarron has a 35-2 file as a starter. He may win his third-straight national championship tshis season. That makes him accomplished, however not necessarily nice. Even if you happen to move past the tens of different guys contributing to crew wins…

Faculty soccer is structured to make every main program appear to be it is successful. Non-convention schedules are assured wins. Even convention schedules have change into watered down. Alabama is 10-zero. They have performed one sport against a team that was a single-digit underdog, Texas A&M. Alabama played three groups that belonged on the identical subject in 2012, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M. They played one in 2011, LSU. McCarron went four-2 in these games.

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McCarron does have the national championships. We call it that in college soccer to make it sound momentous and fuel TELEVISION rankings. But the sport, as constituted, is a reputation contest. Greater than half the FBS is precluded from the title earlier than enjoying a down. A workforce doesn’t must go undefeated (Alabama 2012) and even win its division (Alabama 2011). It doesn’t must fight its way by a playoff. You turn into a champion by being popular, having things kind out your means on the season’s finish and winning the best delayed exhibition sport. It’s a nice achievement. Let’s not equate it with Tremendous Bowl rings.

A.J. McCarron is a positive quarterback. It’s natural to view current historical occasions as more significant. Superlatives play properly when embracing debate. It appears like a slight, mentioning that A.J. McCarron is not among the best faculty quarterbacks you will ever see. It shouldn’t. McCarron has had a very good career. He’s been among the many Top 10-15 passers in the country his past two seasons. That has spurred Alabama’s recent run. Nick Saban is completely happy to have A.J. McCarron as his quarterback. So would just about every other coach within the nation. That’s reward enough for a gifted faculty soccer player.


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Johnny Manziel Has the “Larry Bird Instinct” Says NFL Scout

Johnny Manziel is in the midst of his quest to win a second straight Heisman Trophy.

Johnny Manziel is six months away from being a 1st spherical draft choose.

And now, for the first time, someone has invoked the identify Larry Chicken when speaking about Johnny Manziel. I know, it caught me off guard, too.

A scout broke no new ground talking to Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News about Manziel’s NFL prospects – customary-difficulty Drew Brees and Russell Wilson mentions – but then tossed in a bizarre comparability to the previous Boston Celtics nice who’s in the NBA Hall of Fame.

Manziel has an enormous man’s feet and fingers in a small man’s physique. He has the arm to make all the throws from the pocket and another scout raved about his “Larry Chook instinct” — the power to see everyone and all the pieces on the field.

Don’t overlook Dustin Pedroia’s grittiness.

And David Eckstein’s braveness.

And Aaron Craft’s toughness.

Can the Jets please lose to the Ravens so I can fireplace up the Manziel-to-the-Jets banter? As a result of that’s where we’re headed Monday morning if Geno Smith turns the ball over a number of extra times and is benched for Matt Simms. I still think a number of QBs will go within the High 10, and the Jets, drafting within the 11-20 vary, could be out there for a QB if Geno Smith doesn’t get out of this three-week funk. Hell, he’s been terrible in four of the last 5 games. And don’t give me this, ‘he’s a rookie!’ business as a result of take a look at Glennon in Tampa and the rookie QBs final yr.

If the Jets had a capable QB this yr, they’d be a playoff staff … and that’s not one thing anyone stated in August.


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NCAA Prediction College Football Week 13 Game Preview/ and Pick- #12 Texas A&M vs. #22 LSU


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#12 Texas A&M Aggies (8-2) @ #22 LSU Tigers (7-3) 11/23- 3:30PM EST


Line: LSU: -4.5

Over/Under: 71.0

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This Saturday afternoon, expect another classic battle as two of the top quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference, as well as some of college football’s best receivers and running backs… as the No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies travel into Death Valley to take on the No. 22 LSU Tigers.


On the mind of LSU coach Les Miles is Saturdays matchup of the up-tempo offense of the Aggies, which is lead by Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.


Miles says he is “not looking forward to that style of game.”


I want the defense to stop them,” Miles said. “Certainly we recognize the challenge that an offense like A&M will bring … I like my defense. I suspect they’ll play best in this game. I think they’ll be a challenge to A&M and I think being in Tiger Stadium will be a challenge to A&M. It’s a much different environment and a place where the home team generally does pretty good.”


LSU (7-3, 3-3 SEC) is a (minus) -4.5 point favorite and has been good at home, winning all five of their games so far, but get up to the minute odds here at Wonder Punter up until kick off.


Manziel is been stellar once again this season accounting for 300-plus yards in 19 straight starts, even having thrown 500 total yards against No. 1 Alabama earlier in the year.


The Aggies 578 yards per game and scoring average of 49.2 easily lead the SEC.


It’s a great challenge,” Miles said. “It’ll be a great matchup. I think our defense is really looking forward to it. These Tigers look forward to a challenge and this is really going to be one. I think our guys will play well. I think we have a nice scheme and a variety of ways to pressure, disguise coverage, get in the backfield.”


Miles wants his defense to come up with some third down stops to get off the field for breathers against the Aggies’ up-tempo offense and plans to rotate his players often to help keep them form wearing down.


LSU cornerback Jalen Mills said the Tigers defense will be bracing for a test of stamina.


It is a day game. It’s going to be hot. If somebody catches a cramp or somebody may be gassed and may need to sit out for a play or two, we do have the depth for it,” Mills said. “Your name could be called at any time during that game, so you have to be ready. No sitting on the sidelines.”


Another key to the Tigers winning Saturday will be to control the football and keeping the Aggies offense off the field.


We know what kind of offense they have over there and the recipe for success against those guys is running the football successfully,” LSU running back Jeremy Hill said, noting that that game plan worked last year leading to a victory over A&M.


We want to get 35 minutes or more in time of possession, just keeping (Manziel) off the field as much as possible and helping our defense, keeping those guys fresh,” Hill said. “In the Alabama game, they were out there for a lot of plays and we were on the sideline for most of the second half and that hurt our defense… They got tired out there.”

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A&M (8-2, 4-2) has scored more than 50 points in winning its past three games. The Aggies will looking for their first victory over LSU and will making their first trip into Baton Rouge.


I want nothing more than to win these two games and to get into a good bowl game and go 10-2 in another regular season,” Manziel said. “I can’t even put into words how bad I want that for seniors on this team and for this team in general.”


I’m looking forward to Saturday’s game, with back and forth action with lots of points put up but will give a slight edge to the Tigers and predict a close one.





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NCAA College Football BCS Top 25 Roundup- Week 11 Scores and Upsets


Here is College Football’s BCS Top 25 scores and recaps from this weekends action.


#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (9-0)- 38

#13 LSU Tigers (7-3)- 17


No. 21 Alabama scores the final 21 points to roll over No. 13 LSU and maintain its No. 1 ranking.


#2 Florida State Seminoles (9-0)- 59

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-6)- 3


Florida State’s defense picks off six interceptions as they clinch the top spot in the ACC championship game.


#3 Oregon Ducks (8-1)- 20

#5 Stanford Cardinal (8-1)- 26


Oregon’s BCS championship dreams are ended for the second straight year by the Stanford Cardinal.


#10 Oklahoma Sooners (7-2)- 12

#6 Baylor Bears (8-0)- 41


No. 6 Baylor dominates the Sooners at home and extends their winning streak to 12 games.


#8 Missouri Tigers (9-1)- 48

Kentucky Wildcats (2-7)- 17


Freshman Maty Mauk throws five touchdown passes for Missouri to lead a blowout win over Kentucky on the road.


#9 Auburn Tigers (9-1)- 55

Tennessee Volunteers (4-6)- 23


Auburn QB Nick Marshall rushes for 214 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers crush the Vols.


Virginia Tech Hokies (7-3)- 42

#11 Miami-FL (7-2)- 24


No. 11 Miami has now dropped two straight after being a BCS Top 10 team. Bad home loss.


Kansas Jayhawks (2-7)- 6

#14 Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1)- 42


No. 14 Oklahoma State puts a home game beat down on the Jayhawks.


Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-5)- 41

#15 Texas A&M Aggies (8-2)- 51


Johnny Manziel throws for 446 yards and five touchdown passes in what may be his final home game.


#16 Fresno State Bulldogs (9-0)- 48

Wyoming Cowboys (4-5)- 10


No. 16 Bulldogs remain undefeated to stay alive in the BCS bowl picture as they romp over the Cowboys on the road.


#19 UCLA Bruins (7-2)- 31

Arizona Wildcats (6-3)- 26


Freshman LB/RB Myles Jack rushes for 120 yards on just six carries as UCLA wins in Arizona for the first time since 2003.


#20 Louisville Cardinals (8-1)- 31

Connecticut Huskies (0-8)- 10


Louisville avenges last year’s triple-overtime loss to Connecticut.


Houston Cougars (7-2)- 14

#21 UCF Knights (7-1)- 19


UCF hangs on to win a close win at home.


#22 Arizona State Sun Devils (7-2)- 20

Utah Utes (4-5)- 19


No. 22 ASU comes from behind in the fourth quarter to win a tough road game in Salt Lake City.


#23 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-3)- 21

Pittsburgh Panthers (5-4)- 28


Pittsburgh avenges last year’s heartbreaking loss at ND with a big upset at home.


Brigham Young Cougars (6-3)- 17

#24 Wisconsin Badgers (7-2)- 27


The Badgers defense does enough at home to hold-off a fast-paced BYU offense.


Kansas State Wildcats (5-4)- 49

#25 Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-3)- 26


After starting 7-0, the Red Raiders have now dropped three in a row, this time getting embarrassed at home by KSU.




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NCAA College Football BCS Top 25 Preview/Picks

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With Week 11 of college football starting Thursday night, here is my picks along with the betting lines for each of the BCS Top 25 teams in action. Find your favorite game(s) and place your bets with us!


#1 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0) vs. #13 LSU Tigers (7-2) 11/09- 8:00PM EST


Line: ALA -12.5

Over/Under: 55.0


Expect another classic SEC battle between two great football teams. May be closer then spread, but with the Tide at home, I like them to cover.


PICK: Alabama


#2 Florida State Seminoles (8-0) @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-5) 11/09- 12:00PM EST


Line: FSU -35.0

Over/Under: 54.5


With the way the Seminoles have been playing with Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston running the offense, the oddsmakers have them heavily favored to win easily on the road.


PICK: Florida State


#3 Oregon Ducks (8-0) @ #5 Stanford Cardinal (7-1) 11/07- 9:00PM EST


Line: ORE -10.5

Over/Under: 61.0


The oddsmakers have the Ducks favored big on the road against a tough Stanford defense. I’m comfortable with the Ducks covering the line but feel it may go under on the score.


PICK: Oregon


#6 Baylor Bears (7-0) vs. #10 Oklahoma Sooners (7-1) 11/07- 7:30PM EST


Line: BAY -14.5

Over/Under: 73.5


Wow 73.5 points on the over/under, Baylor can score but they haven’t been tested with a good defense yet that the Sooners bring in. Tough decision on total points. I like the spread better with Baylor to win.




#8 Missouri Tigers (8-1) @ Kentucky Wildcats (2-6) 11/09- 12:00PM EST


Line: MIZZ -14.5

Over/Under: 56.5


I like the way Missouri plays on both sides of the ball and see no problem handling the Wildcats on the road to cover.


PICK: Missouri


#9 Auburn Tigers (8-1) @ Tennessee Volunteers (4-5) 11/09- 12:00PM EST


Line: AUB -7.5

Over/Under: 55.0


I have to agree on the spread with Auburn favored in a close one. Expect the Vols to play inspired football at home.


PICK: Auburn


#11 Miami-FL Hurricanes (7-1) vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-3) 11/09- 7:00PM EST


Line: MIA -6.5

Over/Under: 44.0


Can the Canes bounce back after last weeks beating at Florida State? Oddsmakers think so, but not as much being that they are at home.


PICK: Miami


#14 Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-1) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (2-6) 11/09- 4:00PM EST


Line: OKST -31.0

Over/Under: 53.5


Big road win last week and it will be a big home win this week… look for the Cowboys to roll over the Jayhawks and cover on all fronts.


PICK: Oklahoma State


#15 Texas A&M Aggies (7-2) vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-4) 11/09- 3:30PM EST


Line: TA&M -19.5

Over/Under: 66.5


Johnny Manziel to light it up on the Bulldogs. Safe bet on the spread.


PICK: Texas A&M


#16 Fresno State Bulldogs (8-0) @ Wyoming Cowboys (4-4) 11/09- 12:15PM EST


Line: FRES -9.5

Over/Under: 79.0


The O/U at 79.0 is so-so for my taste…. points will be scored but I feel more comfortable with the spread.


PICK: Fresno State


#19 UCLA Bruins (6-2) @ Arizona Wildcats (6-2) 11/09- 10:00PM EST


Line: UCLA -1.0

Over/Under: 56.0


This is a tough one to call for me… I like the Bruins all around, but at only with a (minus) -1.0 favorite on the road… I would tempted to bet the points better on the over.




#20 Louisville Cardinals (7-1) @ Connecticut Huskies (0-7) 11/08- 8:30PM EST


Line: LOU -27.5

Over/Under: 49.0


Louisville is a still a solid football team on both sides of the ball… Cardinals to cover on all betting lines.


PICK: Louisville


#21 Central Florida Knights (6-1) vs. Houston Cougars (7-1) 11/09- 7:00PM EST


Line: UCF -11.0

Over/Under: 64.5


Both teams can score, I like the over on 64.5.


#22 Arizona State Sun Devils (6-2) @ Utah Utes (4-4) 11/09- 4:00PM EST


Line: ASU -7.0

Over/Under: 64.0


Even though the Sun Devils go into Utah as the favorites, the Utes are a different team at home. It’s a toss-up for me on this one.


PICK: Pick-Em


#23 Notre Dame (7-2) @ Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4) 11/09- 8:00PM EST


Line: ND -4.0

Over/Under: 51.0



The Panthers will be ready for this one at home… I see a possible upset. I like the Panthers and the points.


PICK: Pittsburgh


#24 Wisconsin Badgers (6-2) vs. Brigham Young Cougars (6-2) 11/09- 3:30PM EST


Line: WIS -7.5

Over/Under: 55.5


Because it’s a Badger home game… Wisconsin to cover the (minus) -7.5


PICK: Wisconsin


#25 Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-2) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (4-4) 11/09- 12:00PM EST


Line: TTU -3.0

Over/Under: 60.0


KSU is having a down year, are on the road against a high-powered offense in Texas Tech who have lost two in a row and looking to take it out on somebody… but yet the oddsmakers have them only favored at a (minus) -3?? Give the points to KSU and take the Red Raiders.


PICK: Texas Tech


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Unbeaten Canes, Noles ‘gettin’ right again’

Jimbo Fisher and Al Golden have their programs again in a familiar place as unbeatens Florida State and Miami get ready for his or her showdown Saturday night in Tallahassee.

“Exhibits school soccer is gettin’ right once more,” Fisher stated.

Fisher has the No. three Seminoles (7-0, 5-0 ACC) rolling, wanting every bit like a national championship contender. But the uphill climb since replacing Bobby Bowden has been filled with rising pains.

The identical could be stated for Golden and the No. 7 Hurricanes (7-0, 3-zero), who now not have the threat of NCAA sanctions hanging over this system.

The groups are meeting as unbeatens this late in a season for the first time since 1991, when the Hurricanes received a nail-biter in Tallahassee on the best way to the college’s fourth national title in 11 seasons.

Florida State’s resurgence on the national scene is clearly additional along than Miami’s, with freshman quarterback Jameis Winston constructing a case for the Heisman Trophy.

Winston has averaged 311 yards passing per game, accomplished sixty nine.9 % of his passes and thrown for 23 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. His performance in opposition to the Hurricanes will carry loads of weight with voters who’re additionally watching quarterbacks Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), AJ McCarron (Alabama) and Bryce Petty (Baylor).

The Hurricanes, listed as three-landing underdogs, counter with operating again Duke Johnson and an offensive line that averages 313 pounds per lineman. Johnson is the No. eleven rusher in the Football Bowl Subdivision, racking up 117.6 yards per sport.

“I think clearly it’s a must to be a program to graduate the variety of children that they graduated and yet be in the identical state of affairs they’re in proper now,” Golden said of the Seminoles. “We are constructing that. A lot of people are premature and saying ‘The U is back.’ The U is building. We’ve got to continue to construct.”

Fisher started 12-7 at Florida State before reeling off 26 wins in the Seminoles’ last 29 video games. Golden began 11-eleven at Miami and is 9-zero since.

Followers seem a touch happier at both locations now. Go determine.

“It is good for the state of Florida, it’s good for the ACC, and it’s good for school soccer,” Fisher stated. “I think it is good all the way around, and like I say, it is one of many great conventional rivalries within the sport, and it’s great to see each teams up there.”

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NCAA College Football Recap- #7 Aggies Lose


NCAA College Football Recap- #7 Aggies Lose

No last second ‘Johnny Football’ magic this time as the No. 24 Auburn Tigers hold off a final Texas A&M drive to upset the #7 Aggies in College Station in a wild 45-41 game that went back-and-forth since the opening whistle.


In a day filled with upsets throughout the Southeastern Conference, the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 SEC) manhandled Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in the final seconds to all but knock A&M (5-2, 2-2 SEC) out of any BCS Championship talks.


Auburn did not have an answer for Manziel all game until the final drive, however, the Aggie defense did not have an answer for the Auburn offense led by quarterback Nick Marshall, who accounted for four scores including the final drive that led to running back Tre Mason scoring on a 5-yard run to give the Tigers a 45-41 lead with 1:19 left.


It seemed Manziel, who was injured early in the fourth quarter with an apparent right arm or shoulder injury was bothered the rest of the way as he continuously moved his arm in pain. He left the game briefly before returning.


The Aggie QB threw up some big numbers once again (454 yards passing, 5-total TDs) often going to his favorite receiver Mike Evans (11rec. for 287 yards, 4 TDs) and seemed to be on his way to another last second win, hitting Evans early on the final drive… but the Auburn defense stood its ground and Dee Ford sacked Manziel on fourth down ending the comeback for the Aggies.


Like last year, the Aggies were forced to outscore their opponents due to its weak defense and this time it caught up to them again.


The Tigers entered the contest leading the SEC in rushing offense with 287 yards a game and against the Aggies, they ran it down their throats for 379 yards with 615 yards of total offense.


Texas A&M ended the day with 602 yards of offense, but two big interceptions thrown by Manziel.


Last year, Auburn in a 3-win season was embarrassed by the Aggies and on Saturday got back to winning football in the SEC and revenge on A&M.


Another classic SEC football game!

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Hip Hop artist Drake wearing a Manziel jersey while watching Manziel play


We knew from past interviews that rapper Drake and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel are good buddies, however this image proves just how good.

Yes, that’s a picture of Drake reppin’ a Manziel jersey whereas watching Manziel on TELEVISION. Drake posted it on his Instagram account throughout the game against Ole Miss. Gotta say, it’s one thing to be buddies with Drake, which Manziel is, nevertheless it’s another for Drake to be one in all your largest fans.

Drake said in an interview with ESPN’s First Take that he has the Texas A&M app on his cellphone and follows all of Manziel’s video games. It’s neat to see that that wasn’t just lip service; that he really is a giant fan.

And by virtue of this image – and the tens of millions of Drake fans seeing it – I’m certain there shall be a spike in Manziel attire gross sales from right here on out.

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Winners and Losers: Clemson misses its year bad loss – for the moment


If Clemson needs any part of the the conversation for the BCS nationwide championship, it higher hope that Saturday was its 2013 model of Clemsoning.

The Tigers struggled mightily at house towards Boston Faculty for the primary three quarters earlier than finally pulling away to win 24-14 every week before its showdown with Florida State.

If Clemson was looking ahead to the game towards the Seminoles, it is not terribly surprising. The matchup just determines control of the ACC, retains the winner in the nationwide title picture and should determine the Heisman fates of quarterbacks Tajh Boyd and Jameis Winston. So, no strain or something.

But man, did Clemson sweat. Clemsoning, a phrase we talked about after its Week 1 win against Georgia, is when a team underperforms and loses in opposition to a weaker opponent, something that the Tigers have gotten superb at. Hence the identify.

Boston Faculty match that bill as a team getting into Clemson merely seeking to be bowl eligible. But huge performs – a 38-yard landing run by Myles Willis and a sixty nine-yard landing pass from Chase Rettig to Alex Amidon – had the Eagles in front, and the opportunity of a monstrous letdown upset alive.

That was dashed with a Rettig fumble. After Boyd ran in from 6 yards out to give Clemson the lead, Vic Beasley scampered into the end zone after recovering that fumble. Game over. Menace of a massive Clemsoning over. And the matchup between two undefeated high-six teams is undamaged.



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Texas Tech: If Missouri is the nation’s most shocking 6-0 staff, Texas Tech is correct behind it. The Red Raiders are legitimate contenders for second within the Massive 12 behind Baylor although Iowa State put up a struggle in Lubbock, shedding forty two-35. Whereas the ultimate score was close, Tech by no means lost the lead and Davis Webb, beginning for Baker Mayfield, who was hurt against Kansas, was a 35-of-forty six for 418 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. In case you were wondering, Tech plays Baylor in Dallas on Nov. 16.

South Florida: Welcome to the highest of the American Athletic Convention, Bulls. Yes, this is the same workforce that lost to McNeese State by 32, but after beating UConn thirteen-10 on Saturday, USF is tied with Louisville and Houston at 2-zero within the AAC. And Friday night time South Florida will get its probability at Louisville. The two-four Bulls shall be a heavy underdog, however hey, anything’s doable, proper?

Shirtless PJ Fleck: Western Michigan misplaced Saturday at dwelling 33-0 to Buffalo, however the Broncos coach took his shirt off and gave it to a scholar at a pep rally Friday night time earlier than the sport. The gesture is why Fleck is a winner, but in addition because of the arms and abs. You do not often see a coach that appears like he works out with his players. Have to be all of the rowing.

UMass: UMass notched its first win of the season with a 17-10 conquer Miami (Ohio) in the battle of winless Mid-American Conference groups. The win gave the Minutemen their second win as a member of the FBS in its second season. They defeated Akron 22-14 last November. Unfortunately, as you’ll be aware within the losers part of this post, nobody was there to see the win.

Tulane: Cairo Santos, the 2012 Lou Groza Award winner, kicked a 42-yard game-winning field goal in extra time – considered one of his 5 on the day – to present the Tulane a 36-33 win over East Carolina. It additionally gave the Inexperienced Wave 5 wins for the primary time since 2004. Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Tulane soccer program has had a tough time getting back on monitor. However now it is one win away from its first bowl-eligible season since 2002. That yr, the Green Wave went 8-5 and received the Hawaii Bowl.


Doesn’t this picture completely encapsulate Nebraska’s forty four-7 throttling of Purdue? We have got Husker receiver Quincy Enunwa flying into the tip zone while Leroy Clark can solely watch along with his helmet flying off. Heck, it in all probability perfectly encapsulates the Boilermakers’s season. Purdue is 1-5 and has misplaced its last three games by a mixed ninety nine factors.

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Arkansas: When the opposing coach has to specific condolences about how badly he beat you, you recognize it was a troublesome day. A 30 yards passing type of powerful day. Whereas Arkansas broke off a couple of massive runs in opposition to South Carolina in its fifty four-7 loss, quarterback Brandon Allen was just four-12 via the air for those 30 yards. After 4 straight losses, it does not get any easier for the Hogs subsequent week. They will Tuscaloosa to go to Alabama.

Bo Wallace: We’ve been here before, Bo. Before being shut out against Alabama, the Mississippi QB lobbed some trash talk within the direction of the Tide’s defensive backs and bragged his receivers had been higher than Texas A&M’s. Effectively, Ole Miss bought shut out by Alabama. After which lost to Auburn. And misplaced to A&M Saturday night time after a discipline purpose as time expired.

Wallace and Ole Miss hung with Johnny Manziel and the Aggies all night time, but after getting the ball back with three minutes to go went three and out. That set up A&M for that winning subject aim and a 3rd straight division loss for the Rebels.

Michigan: It won’t be fair to call Michigan the worst undefeated crew coming into Saturday’s game against Penn State, but they had been certainly the luckiest. Week after week the Wolverines had some well timed performs go their method, but all of that lastly caught up to them during a 43-40 4 OT loss to the Nittany Lions. Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons missed a 52-yard area aim to win on the end of regulation after which two in extra time to assist with the loss. Many thought the Wolverines might put up a struggle for the Huge Ten title, but their schedule only gets tougher from here on out.

Crowds: We understand that the primary kickoffs of the day don’t depart a ton of time for tailgating and transportation except you get began actually early. However come on TCU.

And are available on, UMass. You won at the moment!

Pac-12 officiating: Pac-12 officiating crews have had a tough 2013. They have been reprimanded following the Wisconsin-Arizona State recreation and were questioned following last week’s Stanford-Washington end. And this week, throughout the Oregon-Washington sport, one official had no idea who on whom the penalty was referred to as. The pause drew boos from the crowd while the official consulted with one other official earlier than a different official yelled the quantity. It was, as soon as once more, not a very good look for Pac-12 officiating.

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NCAA College Football Preview/Pick- #9 Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss


NCAA College Football Preview/Pick- #9 Texas A&M vs. Ole Miss


#9 Texas A&M Aggies (4-1, 1-1) vs. Ole Miss Rebels (3-2, 1-2) 10/12 8:30PM EST


Line: TA&M -6.0

Over/Under: 75.5


Coming off a bye week, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel leads the ninth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies into Oxford, MS to take on the Ole Miss Rebels, a team looking to rebound after dropping it’s last two ball games.


The Aggies used their bye week to help get some players healthy before they look to make a run for the BCS Championship.


Last year the Aggies went without a bye week, having to play 12 straight games after its opening game was postponed due to Hurricane Issac.


This year is a lot different,” coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Five games in, we’ve got some guys limping around. We’ve got some guys we need to get healthy for the next stretch of games.”


Once again this year, Johnny Manziel leads the Aggies to a top five ranking in the FBS in offense with 49.2 points and 586.4 yards a game.


But, on the other side of the football, the Aggie defense is ranked 112 out of 123 in FBS teams, giving up 476.4 yards per game and their average of allowing 30.8 points a game is ranked 87th in the nation.


Early suspensions to a handful of starters have hurt the Aggies play better defensively.


I wouldn’t say that they’re 100 percent comfortable,” senior defensive back Toney Hurd Jr. said. “But I think that slowly but surely we’re working and getting our chemistry back. I just feel like we need to have a little bit more fun and everything will fall into place for us.”


Texas A&M is in search of its tenth straight road/neutral site win… a feat they haven’t accomplished since the 1939-40 season.


If the Aggies have any hope of contending for a championship, the defense must step up now and going against a Rebel team that is struggling is a good starting point to build some confidence in the defense.


It’s critical for us take our game to the next level,” Hurd said. “When we come back out we want to put something out for the world to see… this is our defense. We have to put a great statement out playing against Ole Miss. We have two weeks to prepare so we don’t have any excuses.”


After falling out of the Top 25, the Rebels see this as an opportunity to turn it around against a team they were beating last year in the fourth quarter before Manziel rallied the Aggies back for a victory 30-27.


A lot of us got a little complacent after that 3-0 run, but now I feel like everything happens for a reason,” linebacker Serderius Bryant said. “We’re in the spot where we need to be right now.”


With the Aggies coming off a bye week, playing on the road before they have four straight home games with a chance to make a move, I see them playing their best game of the season and beating the Rebels going away.


The Rebels are playing the first of six-straight home games.


PICK: Texas A&M Aggies

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Heisman Watch Week 6: Georgia’s Aaron Murray vaults into contention with clutch win against LSU


Dr. Saturday is just within the second week of the Heisman Watch and we’ve already made a change.

It’s not Teddy Bridgewater’s fault that Louisville plays such a horrendous schedule this season, nevertheless it’s tough to justify retaining him on our Heisman listing when he continues to play the decrease echelon of school soccer.

And Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was arduous to ignore.

Murray orchestrated a profession-defining drive within the win against LSU on Saturday and has been steady all season. He in all probability ought to have been on our Heisman radar sooner, however Georgia’s struggles against North Texas kept him off.

He joins some robust firm. None of the gamers on this list lost this weekend and most put up numbers to again up their status as a contender.

Here’s a take a look at this week’s Heisman Watch:

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Mariota didn’t have a stellar game towards Cal, however we’ll chalk that up to the driving rain that hampered each groups. Mariota had his worst passing evening of the season, however nonetheless managed to throw for 2 touchdowns and rush for a score. His speeding this season has been somewhat underrated. He’s averaging 73.seventy five yards on the bottom and has had a passing and dashing touchdown in each game this season. Oh, and he still hasn’t thrown an interception.


Comp %:
Rush Yds.:
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Manziel faced a bit of adversity towards Arkansas this past week, however continued to guide his team with athletic plays to secure forty five-33 win. Manziel has confirmed that if his protection isn’t going to show up – and that’s been rather a lot this season – he’ll be there to bail them out even if it takes a few circus performs to take action.


Comp %:
seventy one.four
Rush Yds.:
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Murray’s 4 TD passes towards LSU stored his group in the sport, however his career-defining drive with simply over 4 minutes left helped safe his spot on this record. Murray’s numbers rival most of the players on this record and he’s put them up in opposition to against higher teams. Georgia’s slate gets significantly easier within the coming weeks, he’ll cement his spot in New York with a few strong performances against SEC competitors.


Comp %:
sixty eight.1
Rush Yds.:
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida St.

There’s been no disputing Winston’s expertise, however at the finish of the first half towards Boston College final week, Winston made a Manziel-like play by evading several defenders and finding his WR deep for a late TD. It was as exciting a play as we’ve seen all 12 months. Still, his team had some bother with B.C., not precisely one of the better squads in college soccer this season, so it is going to be fascinating to see what he does towards a Maryland group that shut out West Virginia two weeks ago.


Comp %:
Rush Yds.:
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

Boyd made up for a mediocre performance two weeks in the past, but he’s nonetheless teetering at the bottom of the list. It’s not about his numbers, it’s about his play. This weekend’s recreation at Syracuse presents just a little bit extra of a challenge, however he’s going to need to be a better supervisor and put up gaudy numbers to remain on this listing.


Comp %:
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Rapper Drake says he and Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel are ‘a duo’


Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has earned lots of criticism up to now 12 months for his off-subject antics, however there’s one man who’s been making an attempt to help him deal with his newfound fame and scrutiny.

Rapper Drake, whose real title is Aubrey Graham, spent some time with Manziel this past summer season in an attempt to impart some knowledge on the right way to deal with the publicity both unfavorable and positive. Drake was a toddler actor prior to becoming a rapper, so he understands how rapidly being an in a single day sensation can change an individual’s life and shared some thoughts about Manziel and their relationship on ESPN’s First Tackle Tuesday morning.

“To go from zero to one hundred straight away, the highlight’s on, brighter than ever, I believe that he’s just kinda going by way of the motions and naturally there’s accountability in some conditions,” Drake stated. “I encourage him to have stronger self-discipline than anybody else. I inform him, in this place that we’re in, it takes major sacrifice. And numerous the time, I do know you wish to dwell your life and I do know you wish to have fun, but there’s additionally like an even bigger image here and we’re in it for the long run.

“And I try to implement that into his psyche and I tell him, let’s have that self-discipline. Let’s sacrifice all the fun. Even when it means coming to see me. In the event that they’re going to scrutinize you about coming to see me, don’t fear, we’ll see one another. You play your recreation. That’s one of the best advice I can supply.”

Drake stated he has an affinity toward Manziel and referred to as the two “a duo.” Manziel even has an “OVO” tattoo on his wrist, which represents Drake’s document label OVO Sound. Drake stated Manziel had the tattoo even earlier than the two met, which proved how much of a fan he was of Drake’s music. And Drake has turn into a fan, too. He said he has Texas A&M radio on his cellphone so he can get the video games and comply with Manziel’s play.

“Initially, Johnny is like one of the best guys. He’s obtained a pure heart,” Drake said. “He’s very strong-minded. It bothers me when individuals attempt to strip him of that because that’s what drew me to him. He’s definitely, like, an incredible guy.”

Drake mentioned when Manziel flew to Toronto to hang out, he made sure there have been no pictures of the 2 taken and that Manziel felt comfy just being himself. No one even knew the two were buddies until an ESPN the Magazine story famous the journey was taken. Drake said the time they spent together then and since was all about educating Manziel.

“I need to see this kid thrive and succeed, so I’d by no means put him in any state of affairs, I’d by no means put him in jeopardy,” Drake said. “He got here out there for the music and for the experience and it was an outstanding experience and we had fun.

“For me, it’s not hanging out and looking out cool because I do know Johnny Manziel, I really care about this guy.”

That last quote is telling about Manziel’s fame. Shouldn’t Manziel be the one who’s impressed to be hanging out with Drake?


Crazy Alabama fan sends A&M a letter predicting an Alabama win five days after the game was played

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Even although Alabama coaches and players said their recreation against Texas A&M two weeks ago was not a revenge sport, the fans didn’t see it that manner.

After the Tide’s 49-forty two win, many followers took to social media to proclaim their staff’s dominance over A&M and discuss smack to various A&M gamers, including quarterback Johnny Manziel.

But one fan took it a step further.

It appears just like the Alabama fan wrote a letter to the twelfth Man Foundation – although he addressed it to “Texas A&M Football Team” – prior to the sport to proclaim Alabama’s offensive dominance, but the letter did not arrive until final Thursday.

It was a special kind of loopy.

If I had been Rusty Burson, vice chairman and associate editor of the twelfth Man Magazine, I’d have had the letter scanned for anthrax earlier than I opened it.