By Sean Lester / Texas A&M Special Contributor
The Alabama Crimson Tide established themselves as a college football dynasty Monday night when they won their third BCS National Championship in four years.
“Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin stood on the sideline on Monday and watched the Crimson Tide defensive linemen warm up for the BCS title game,” Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples wrote following the Tide’s 42-14 dismantling of Notre Dame. “‘See that guy?’ Sumlin asked, pointing at Alabama defensive end Damion Square. ‘He’s from Houston, Texas. Yates High.’”
“Sumlin’s implication? In his Texas A&M regime, a player of Square’s caliber shouldn’t leave the Lone Star State to play for Alabama. He should play for Texas A&M, and Texas A&M should play on the season’s final evening.”
Staples notes that Alabama’s recruiting has brought them to their level of dominance but wonders how long their dynasty could last.
Alabama looks poised to make another run in 2013 but for the first time ever, the road to Pasadena and the 2013 title game runs through College Station, Texas.
Texas A&M was the lone blemish on the Tide’s 2012 campaign and on Sept. 14 the two teams will meet again, this year on Kyle Field.
“Sumlin, meanwhile, shows no fear of Alabama,” Staples said. “His team beat the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa in November, and the Aggies get Alabama in College Station on Sept. 14. Texas A&M brings back Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel, who flummoxed the Crimson Tide’s usually unflappable defense.”
The Sept. 14 matchup will likely be the season’s biggest game and a win by A&M could mean a BCS National Championship run of their own in 2013.