Perhaps the biggest indicator of Alabama’s dominance during the Nick Saban Era is the ripple effect that comes from beating the Crimson Tide.
Take Texas A&M’s 2012 victory in Tuscaloosa, for example. It officially transformed Johnny Manziel from a Texas folk hero to a national phenomenon, proved that new kid on the block TAMU could run with the big dogs, and was the flashbulb moment when it became apparent that Kevin Sumlin was the new sheriff in Texas. The win was also the biggest green checkmark on Kliff Kingsbury’s resume, helping the former Red Raider land his first head coaching job in Lubbock – where he played his college football.
The effect of that game is apparently not lost on Kingsbury, as he framed the play sheet, and has it displayed in his office.
Many cool items in KliffKingsbury’s office. Among them: a SuperBowl ring & the framed call sheet from A&M win at Bama pic.twitter.com/NlucexZfoW
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 12, 2014