Key Question No. 1 - 2013 & Johnny Manziel
Posted Aug 24, 2013

Key Question No. 1 - Is college football big enough for Johnny Manziel?

1. Is college football's Big Top large enough to accommodate the circus that is Johnny Manziel?  

Richard Cirminiello: No. Johnny Manziel is eager to move on from the amateur ranks. You get the feeling that college football is nodding its head in agreement. Has the reigning Heisman winner been overly dissected for, well, being a dopey kid at times? You bet. Has Manziel brought a lot of the heat on himself? Yup. No college player in recent history, or ever, has been such a lightning rod for media attention and general scrutiny. And it's only going to get worse once games start being played. Unless Manziel has matured virtually overnight, you can pretty much bank on him being forced to apologize at least once or twice this fall for an ill-timed comment or gesture that the Aggies wished he could have self-edited.

FOLLOW! @PeteFiutak: Of course it is. It's okay to admit it – the Johnny Football Experience is sort of fun. As long as nothing truly bad is happening, who cares? Let him do what he does, and if he's great on the field, okay. If he takes a step back, okay. If he turns out to be ineligible, okay. It might not seem like it, but college football is bigger than Johnny Manziel and will be just fine no matter what he does or doesn't do this season. If life could go on without Tim Tebow, fans will somehow be able to survive and advance if Mr. Autograph isn't special. Manziel was an easy story this offseason as the gift that kept on giving to the media, but once the ball is kicked off on Thursday, all that matters is Johnny Manziel as a football player – unless there's a cancelled check sitting around somewhere.  

2013 CFN Preseason Questions
No. 25 New Star True Freshman | No. 24 Best New Head Coach
No. 23 Top Non-Conference Game | No. 22 Top Conference Game
No. 21 Who'll Bust The BCS? | No. 20 What Can Louisville Do?
No. 19 The Next Kansas State | No. 18 Cameron & Mettenberger
No. 17 Where's The Florida O? | No. 16 Clemson Or Florida St?
No. 15 Stanford Or Oregon? | No. 14 Clowney & The Heisman
No. 13 Who'll Win The Heisman? | No. 12 Will The BCS Work?
No. 11 Is Oklahoma Rebuilding? | No. 10 USC & Kiffin Rebound
No. 9 The Big 12 Champ Is...? | No. 8 Can Georgia Reload?
No. 7 Will Notre Dame Drop? | No. 6 Will Oregon Miss Chip?
No. 5 Will Texas Be A Player? | No. 4 Eight In A Row For SEC?
No. 3 Will Ohio State Go 14-0? | No. 2 Alabama Threepeat
No. 1 2013 & Johnny Manziel