Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/9/13
To talk with Alabama players and coach Nick Saban on Monday, you got the feeling they barely know who Johnny Manziel even is. They lost to him last year? Really? I'm not sure Alabama remembers. No one admitted to watching Texas A&M play Saturday while Alabama had a week off. And if they looked at video of last year's game, that was sort of a fuzzy memory. "I don't like to spend too much time on one team,'' Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron said. "The off-week wasn't about them; it was about us.'' This is a strategy on Saban's part. It's psychological. It's PR. It's even a message sent to Manziel in some ways. Everyone knows, of course, that Alabama hasn't forgotten anything. And surely the Tide would like to shut up the guy who gets all the attention while they simply go about winning the national championship. But most of all, this is a good plan on Saban's part. They say that Saban is a master at revenge-games. He's now 15-2 against teams that beat him the previous time t...
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