Whatever Johnny Manziel does, the world watches. Texas A&M’s Heisman Trophy winning quarterback sat out the first half of the season opener against Rice but sure put on quite the act in the second half. Manziel accounted for three touchdowns and three moments that caused many to shake their heads. That includes the always vocal Barry Switzer, who was not shy about his feelings about Manziel’s actions on the field.
“I’m certainly disappointed in his actions,” Switzer said on ESPN Radio. Manziel was seen making a money gesture, an autograph gesture to a Rice defensive lineman and for apparently pointing at the scoreboard as he double back to exchange some smack talk with a Rice player following a touchdown. Manziel was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for that last on-field moment of infamy.
“For him to act so arrogant, I wanted to jerk his face mask and I wanted to grab him,” Switzer went on to say. “Of course you get fired for that now; in the old days you could get away with that. It’s the world we live in. It’s a misplaced value system. When I see this happen I wonder where the core value system comes from, if he has a core value system. This young man needs a damn hell of a lot of development.”
It is somewhat ironic to see a man like Switzer sound off on players behaving in an arrogant fashion, but I’ll refrain from expanding on the pot calling the kettle black idea here and move on.
Manziel does have a sense of arrogance and confidence in him, and it does seem to be rubbing a number of people the wrong way. What was one of the happy-go-lucky stories of the 2012 season has quickly turned in to another tale in 2013 after just one half of football. Manziel’s off-field behavior and activities has been scrutinized to new extremes, but his latest on-field behavior continues to be one of the big topics.
Switzer is not alone in his feelings about Manziel. One mother of a six-year old even took the time to write an open letter to the Aggies quarterback in hopes of getting him to become a better role model.
Auburn got back in the win column after two straight losses. While winning a game must have felt nice, head coach Gus Malzahn is not prepared to say whether or not Sean White will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.
“I thought he competed; he did some good things,” Malzahn said after the game Saturday, per Al.com. “We’ll take this thing week-to-week like we’ve been doing it. We’re starting to kind of get good answers to the questions that we needed.”
White replaced Jeremy Johnson at quarterback last week against Mississippi State. Johnson, a preseason Heisman favorite for some, struggled out of the gate of the season with six interceptions thrown and a lost fumble. That forced Malzahn to make a change at quarterback after a woeful performance against FCS Jacksonville State and a loss to LSU. White lost his first game as a starter against Mississippi State but the offense has been marginally better. White has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his first two starts.
Against San Jose State, White completed six of 10 pass attempts for 1087 yards. Auburn’s running game is what helped push the Tigers by the Spartans, with Peyton Barber scoring all five touchdowns in the 35-21 victory. Auburn’s next game is in two weeks against Kentucky, on Thursday, October 15 in Lexington.
The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.
No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.
New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.
- Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
- TCU (5)
- Baylor (10)
- Michigan State
- Utah (7)
- Texas A&M (1)
- Florida State
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- Oklahoma State
- Boise State