Longhorns & Aggies likely headed for major bowls
It looks like the University of Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor are all headed for bowls once the college football regular season concludes this weekend.
The 8-3 Longhorns face Kansas State this weekend and some projections have UT playing in the Cotton Bowl in January.
Baylor, in their first season without Robert Griffin III, is 6-5, plays Oklahoma State on Saturday and could be playing in Houston at the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas in Reliant Stadium.
And then there are the Aggies of Texas A&M.
Johnny Manziel (left)
In their first season in the Southeastern Conference, with a new coach in Kevin Sumlin and a redshirt freshman quarterback in Johnny Manziel, are 10-2 and will wait for the result of the SEC Championship Game tomorrow to find out where they will spend the holidays.
If the projections hold true, their destination will be sunny Florida and the Capital One Bowl. While that bowl game is not a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game, it is considered a major, New Year’s Day bowl.
The Aggies and Manziel exploded on the scene after upsetting then No. 1 Alabama on November 10th. As a result, Manziel, who didn’t even win the Aggies’ starting quarterback job until summer camp, has been tabbed as a favorite for the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded next Saturday.
Former University of Miami star quarterback Gino Torretta knows something about winning that trophy. He won it 20 years ago and told KTRH he has been impressed with the Aggies, and Manziel.
“Johnny Manziel has carried that team to a great season, beating everybody’s expectations,” Torretta said.
Torretta says ‘Johnny Football’ deserves heavy consideration for the award, even if he is only a redshirt freshman.
“I think his chances are very good. I don’t care what class anybody is. I try to vote for the best player,” Torretta explained.