No. 22 Duke-No. 20 Texas A&M in Chick-fil-A Bowl - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

No. 22 Duke-No. 20 Texas A&M in Chick-fil-A Bowl

Posted: Updated:
© Duke's Jamison Crowder (3) celebrates his touchdown against North Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Duke won 27-25. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) © Duke's Jamison Crowder (3) celebrates his touchdown against North Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. Duke won 27-25. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
ATLANTA -

Johnny Manziel might play his final college game in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. 

No. 20 Texas A&M, led by the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, will face No. 22 Duke in the first-ever meeting between the schools on New Year's Eve at the Georgia Dome, officials announced Sunday night. 

Manziel is a third-year sophomore, making him eligible to enter the 2014 NFL draft. He hasn't revealed his plans for next season after guiding Texas A&M to a disappointing 8-4 record, with all four losses coming against fellow Southeastern Conference teams ranked among the top 14 in The Associated Press poll. 

Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said Manziel has yet to make a decision on turning pro. 

"If he does, he does," the coach said. "Right now, we're looking through that and evaluating his future. Then we'll go from there." 

 

"The invitation to the Chick-fil-A Bowl is the perfect medicine for us," coach David Cutcliffe said. "To play a team with the reputation and history and tradition they have at Texas A&M, to play the caliber of team they have, it's going to revive our guys quickly. It didn't go like we wanted last night, but the nation will be watching this game, so we want to put our best foot forward." 

Manziel will clearly be the star attraction in Atlanta. While Johnny Football is not expected to repeat as the Heisman winner after becoming the first freshman to win college football's top individual award, he put up another stellar season with 3,732 yards passing and 33 touchdowns, as well as leading the Aggies in rushing with 686 yards and eight TDs.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the overwhelming favorite to win the award this season, threw three TD pass and ran for a score against the Blue Devils in the ACC championship. 

"I've coached against other Heisman Trophy winners," Cutcliffe said. "It's never easy. They're Heisman Trophy winners for a reason. They're great players. That's why the thing you have to do is focus on yourself. When you're playing against great people, focus on playing as well as you can play. Your effect on what they do will be minimal."

The Chick-fil-A picked a couple of teams that have never played in its game, the final season of a 22-year arrangement matching teams from the SEC and ACC. Next season, the game becomes a part of the six-bowl rotation for college football's new playoff system, and Atlanta also intends to bid for a future national championship game. 

"As we move forward to the college football playoff, we needed to look nationwide at hosting teams like Texas A&M," Chick-fil-A Bowl President Gary Stokan said. 

The Aggies were picked over local favorite Georgia, another 8-4 team from the SEC that settled for a spot in the Gator Bowl. Duke got the nod from the ACC over two more prominent programs, Virginia Tech and Miami, both of which the Blue Devils beat during the regular season. 

"We look at the game as a reward for the players," Stokan said. "It's all built around the players playing themselves into our game or out of our game."

will have to get by in the bowl without senior offensive tackle Perry Simmons, a two-time All-ACC selection and starter in 50 consecutive games. He will undergo surgery after tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee during Saturday night's game, ending his college career. could face two straight Heisman winners, in fact. (10-3) was a surprising division winner in the Atlantic Coast Conference, posting the most wins ever at a school known more for basketball. The Blue Devils are eager to make up for their performance in the league championship game Saturday night, when they were routed by top-ranked Florida State 45-7.

  • Duke SportsMore>>

  • College football recruiting has unseemly side

    College football recruiting has unseemly side

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:39 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:39:05 GMT
    College football offers are not what they used to be as schools - and players - shop for the right fit.
    College football offers are not what they used to be as schools - and players - shop for the right fit.
  • ACC Kickoff: New QB for State, new talent at UNC

    ACC Kickoff: New QB for State, new talent at UNC

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:17:39 GMT
    File PhotoFile Photo
    The ACC Kickoff is Monday in Greensboro, and coaches from UNC, Duke and N.C. State are analzying their seasons.
    The ACC Kickoff is Monday in Greensboro, and coaches from UNC, Duke and N.C. State are analzying their seasons.
  • Duke baseball team honored by ACC for sportsmanship

    Duke baseball team honored by ACC for sportsmanship

    Monday, June 30 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-06-30 15:16:29 GMT
    The Duke baseball team was one of three ACC Sportsmanship Award Winners for the 2013-14 academic year, the league announced Monday.On April 18, 2014, the Blue Devil team traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia, for a series against Virginia Tech.The date came two days after the seven-year anniversary of a shooting where 32 Virginia Tech students and faculty members were killed in 2007. The Duke players stopped by Burruss Hall, and the team lined up by the April 16 Memorial for a moment of silence in...
    The Duke baseball team was one of three ACC Sportsmanship Award Winners for the 2013-14 academic year, the league announced Monday.On April 18, 2014, the Blue Devil team traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia, for a series against Virginia Tech.The date came two days after the seven-year anniversary of a shooting where 32 Virginia Tech students and faculty members were killed in 2007. The Duke players stopped by Burruss Hall, and the team lined up by the April 16 Memorial for a moment of silence in...
  • Accident causing lane closures on Interstate 81-North

    Accident causing lane closures on Interstate 81 North

    Accident causing lane closures on Interstate 81 North

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:10:04 GMT
    BOTETOURT COUNTY (WSLS) -- All four lanes of I81 northbound are closed in Botetourt County this morning at mile marker 167.8 due to a vehicle accident.
    BOTETOURT COUNTY (WSLS) -- All four lanes of I81 northbound are closed in Botetourt County this morning at mile marker 167.8 due to a vehicle accident.
  • Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:26:58 GMT
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    10 Things to Know for Today

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:16 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:16:58 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.