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College Station’s secret weapons could key fall of Bama

Published 10:24am Thursday, July 18, 2013

After many restless moments of indecision, vacillation and mixed emotions, I have decided to jump feet first into the “black hole” called the Southeastern Conference.
After reading various columns, most of which come from the SEC, then listening to the so-called experts and talking heads around the South, I have decided it is time to stir the pot.
Let’s face facts, folks – there is absolutely zero going on this time of the year in the Deep South.
If you don’t believe me, just ask Paul Finebaum. According to Finebaum, “In the South, it (football) is all we have, and we talk about it 365 days a year.”
Finebaum also suggests that football is more important in the South than anywhere else.
I am so elated that Mr. Finebaum finds the people in the South so pea-brained and deprived of any cultural competence.
But I guess if you have listened to some of his callers, you would suggest he was on to something.
After listening to his brief but caustic remarks after the SEC media days with Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, I found that Finebaum was his usual belligerent, self-serving piece of work.
Finebaum still will not acknowledge the fact that Texas A&M quarterback was the difference in defeating Alabama last season.
Instead, he decided to pick apart a kid who is living a dream right now.
Manziel’s answers to the media came from a 20-year-old kid, who has had some off-season opportunities to enjoy what most kids at 20 could only dream of.
Even the other hosts on the ESPN show were taken by surprise over Finebaum’s disturbing diatribe.
Moving forward, I will make this perfectly clear – you will not read spin when reading future columns from yours truly.
You may not always agree with me, but when you finish my column, you will know that what I put on paper is backed up by facts, not bias.
Predictions are just that, and I will reach my decision based upon what I believe will make the difference between winning and losing a football game.
It is very easy for me write about college football on a national level.
I spend hours watching as many college football games as I possibly can, from the early games beginning at 11 a.m. to the games starting at 9 p.m. or later out West.
As far as covering the local teams, I will do so when it is relevant to the national picture.
We have two extremely knowledgeable writers covering Alabama and Auburn. That is what they do and they do it well.
Going out on a limb – if you were to ask me who I feel has the best chance of removing the Crimson Tide from the perch in the SEC, I would say Texas A&M.
Surprisingly, it is not all about Manziel this coming season.
There are three players that are flying under the Bama radar that they better pay close attention to – one true freshman and two transfers who sat out the 2012 season.
The true freshman is wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones.
At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Jones will join sophomore Mike Evans (also 6-foot-5) as a tandem the Alabama defensive backs will have a difficult time covering.
Then there is the running game and returning tailback Ben Malena, who will have plenty of help with Oregon transfer Tray Carson and Oklahoma transfer Brandon Williams.
Next week, I will begin the breakdown of teams I feel will win their respective conferences and my top 10 teams overall.
Until next time…
Meyers is a sports columnist for The Outlook. You can follow him on Twitter at @brucemeyers11.