It took a little while, but Alabama turned it on to beat Texas A&M 33-14. What does it all mean?
Alabama 33, Texas A&M 14: What Does It All Mean?
– Last year, Alabama went into its off-week limping. It was a tired, gassed team that struggled to get by Tennessee. This year’s team seems to be getting better, looking fresh on both sides the ball and without any sense of panic or concern when things start to get tight. A&M showed it could hang with the Crimson Tide for almost three quarters. Almost – and then the Tide kicked it all in.
– Trevor Knight did what he could. He completed 14-of-31 passes for 164 yards and two scores with a pick, and took off for a few big runs to set up scores, finishing with 24 yards on 13 carries – with sacks knocking his stats down a few pegs. The Aggies couldn’t get the ground game going, and even with two picks, wasn’t able to come up with the big play in the second half to slow down the momentum.
– Damien Harris is a special back. He might not be getting the love and attention of past Bama stars, but he has it all with a slippery running style that also brings the pop and the power. He controlled the game early – finishing with 128 yards – and Jalen Hurts took over from then on with 93 yards and a brilliant rushing score, to go along with his two scoring passes. Texas A&M needed something terrific from Trayveon Williams, Keith Ford, and its running backs, but they didn’t have room to move.
– Now the Crimson Tide get two weeks off to prepare for the showdown with LSU on the road. Auburn might be rocking and rolling at the moment, but after the trip to Death Valley, the Mississippi State, Chattanooga, and the Tigers at home.
– Texas A&M has to keep pressing. Alabama could absolutely lose to LSU on the road, and all bets are off when it comes to the Iron Bowl. It’s not likely, but it’s possible. A&M gets New Mexico State up next, and then manageable dates against Mississippi State on the road and Ole Miss at home. Win those, get past UTSA, and then LSU comes to College Station. At the very least, A&M might be in the discussion for the CFP at 11-1.