Alabama vs. Texas A&M Game Preview

It seems like that every time Texas A&M and Alabama meet, the teams are always highly ranked.  This year is no different with both teams ranked in the Top 10.  While the meetings between these two teams in 2012 and 2013 were electric and close games, but unfortunately the last two meetings have been complete duds with Alabama winning 59-0 in 2014 and 41-23 last year.  However, many experts believe that this Aggies team has a much better chance of beating Alabama that it has in any of the last three meetings.

 

The biggest reason for hope for Aggies fans is the play of quarterback Trevor Knight.  Knight has been very good for Texas A&M so far this year, throwing for exactly 1,500 yards and 9 TDs, but with 5 INTs.  He’s also rushed for 502 yards and an additional 9 TDs.  The receiving corps is as stacked as ever with Josh Reynolds, Christian Kirk, Ricky Seals-Jones and Speedy Noil all having a good year.  The biggest asset for the Aggies though is Myles Garrett on the defensive line.  Garrett is widely considered the best defensive lineman in college football and there is speculation that he could not only go in the first round of the NFL Draft, but could possibly be the Number 1 pick.  Garrett has thrived under second year defensive coordinator John Chavis, but he has dealt with some nagging injury problems but should be good to go against Alabama.  The issue for the Aggies under Kevin Sumlin has not been the start to the season, but finishing the season.  A win against Alabama would go a long way towards closing out the stretch run and would put Texas A&M in prime position to win the SEC West and go to the SEC Championship Game.

 

Last week against Tennessee, Alabama removed whatever minimal traces of doubt there were about their status as the best team in the country.  From start to finish they utterly dominated in all facets of the game.  It was never going to be close, despite assertions by the Tennessee radio crew that had the Vols been healthy it would have been a different game.  Jalen Hurts is very quietly positioning himself in the thick of the Heisman race, having thrown for 1,385 yards and 9 TD’s against only 3 INTs, while also rushing for 428 yards and 8 TDs.  But it’s been Alabama’s defense that has really made life miserable for everybody they’ve played.  Not only is the Tide’s defense not allowing team to score or even move the ball (they’re only giving up 15 points a game and have one shutout so far) they’re also scoring more points than some teams offenses.  In fact, Alabama has scored 11 non-offensive TDs this year.  Suffice it to say that former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is missing Alabama more that Alabama is missing Kirby Smart.

 

Notes:

  1. Alabama and Texas A&M have had three people coach at both schools: Bear Bryant, Gene Stallings and Dennis Franchione.
  2. This is the fifth straight year that both teams have been ranked when playing each other (three of the five meetings have had both teams in the Top 10).
  3. Trevor Knight is no stranger to Alabama, as he beat the Tide as the quarterback at Oklahoma in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. No quarterback has beaten Nick Saban at Alabama consecutive times.

 

When, Where

10/22/16

Bryant-Denny Stadium – Tuscaloosa, AL

2:30pm CT

CBS

 

All-Time Series

Alabama leads 6-2

 

Last Meeting

10/17/15

Kyle Field – College Station, TX

Alabama 41

Texas A&M 23

 

Current AP Ranking

Alabama: 1

Texas A&M: 6

 

Next Games Up

Alabama – Bye Week

Texas A&M vs. New Mexico State

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I was born in Las Vegas and moved to the Memphis area in 2005.I became a soccer referee in 2006 and am currently a Grade 8. I write for two soccer websites: World Soccer Talk and Soccer Referee USA, in addition to writing several pieces for the Rogue Squadron (the supporters group for Memphis City FC).I did commentary in high school for football, basketball, baseball and soccer at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis and did commentary for Lafayette High School football in Oxford, MS for two seasons.
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