Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Odds: Alabama is the favorite to win with a 17.5 points spread (Not a joke).
After rolling over Tennessee 49-10, Alabama is good and ready to the same against the Texas A&M Aggies at home.
However, let’s not assume that Alabama will do the same against the Aggies. They are arguably better than Tennessee and they will give the Crimson Tide a more difficult task to complete.
Here are 3 things to consider in this matchup:
Alabama’s defense... BEASTMODE
Texas A&M’s QB Trevor Knight has to be careful with passing the ball because Alabama’s defensive backs love to play catch with their opponent’s QB. According to ESPN.com, the Crimson Tide has scored a non-defensive touchdown in nine consecutive games dating back to last season, which just so happens to be the longest streak in the FBS in the last 10 seasons.
Oh! They've only scored eight touchdowns out of 14 takeaways.
Alabama’s defense just will not allow any running back rush over 100 yards, so Knight will be counted on more in this game.
Aggies or Crimson Tide offense. Who's better?
Being close in numbers when it comes to both rushing and passing yards, on paper the Aggies are better, offensively (533 total yards for Texas A&M; 505 total yards for Alabama).
With Crimson Tide QB Jalen Hurts being a dual threat, they Crimson Tide has multiple weapons in WR Calvin Ridley, running backs Bo Scarbrough, and Damien Harris to wear out the Aggies defense. With a good, protective offensive line, Hurts will continue to make sound decisions with the ball that will help Alabama win.
Knight can also pass and run, but he hasn't met a defense like Alabama’s just yet. Although the Aggies are better offensively, the Crimson Tide can stop them and possibly will. Knight will have to stay on his toes and make reasonable decisions to keep the ball out of Alabama defensive backs’ hands.
Coming off of a bye week, can Texas A&M serve Alabama with their first loss?
Texas A&M has beaten the Crimson Tide in Alabama once before: Back in 2012. Can they do it again? Maybe. They're well rested and can possibly get the job done.
Prediction: Alabama 48, Texas A&M 42
I seriously think that this will be a closer battle than projected. Texas A&M is a great team overall. They're better than Ole Miss, and Alabama barely got by in that game but Alabama’s defense has gotten better, too. If the Aggies’ defense stays consistent throughout and get to Hurts as much as possible, then they could keep the game close.
But Alabama is just too good.