Alabama vs. Texas A&M fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 22
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
Alabama (3-0) vs. Texas A&M (2-1) Game Preview
Texas A&M and Jimbo Fisher are playing with house money.
They came up with a wonderful performance in the battle with Clemson two weeks ago, and now there’s hope. Now Aggie fans can see what’s to come – hopefully – under Fisher after he gets a few years to recruit and a little bit of time to get everything he wants to do in place.
If the Aggies get destroyed in Tuscaloosa, that will stink, but whatever. This Crimson Tide team is playing at a whole other level, and again, A&M isn’t there at the moment. However, pull this off, and considering the close call against Clemson, it’s Game On.
Or, at least, don’t get destroyed.
Basically, Alabama is Alabama but with Drew Brees at quarterback. It beat a solid ACC team (Louisville), one of the Sun Belt championship favorites (Arkansas State) and a dangerous Ole Miss team like they were a slew of JUCO jayvee squads.
Other than the first minute of last week’s 62-7 win in Oxford, there hasn’t been even the slightest bit of drama so far. A&M might just be ready to provide a little pressure.
One Reason Why Texas A&M Will Win
The big Aggie receivers have to go off.
The A&M offensive line was able to handle the amazing Clemson defensive line and still survive, and now it has to give Kellen Mond enough time to get the ball to his 6-2+ targets down the field.
The Aggies threw for 430 yards and three touchdowns against the Tigers two weeks ago, and they have yet to throw an interception. Mond has to keep his cool, not press, and let his receivers win the 50/50 battles.
Kendrick Rogers is 6-3, 210 pounds. Camron Buckley is 6-2 and 190 pounds, and Jhamon Ausbon is 6-2 and 220 pounds. Throw in tight end Jace Sternberger, and this is a physical group of targets who can get down the field.
One Reason Why Alabama Will Win
The Crimson Tide secondary allowed a 75-yard touchdown pass in the opening moments against Ole Miss, and gave up a grant total of 58 yards on six completions the rest of the way against one of the nation’s best passing games.
The Bama pass defense gave up 252 yards against Louisville … and won 51-14.
Arkansas State’s Justice Hansen will finish as one of the nation’s top passers, throwing for 218 yards against the Tide … and Bama won 57-7.
The Aggies don’t have giveaway problems, but they’ve also only generated one takeaway so far. To have any shot at keeping this close, they have to keep owning the time of possession – a problem if Bama is grinding out drives – and somehow, the defense has to pressure Tua Tagovailoa and force a few mistakes.
He has yet to throw a pick this year.
What’s Going To Happen
Has Alabama shown off even the slightest bit of a problem in any area so far? Nope.
But Texas A&M is as well coached as any team in the country, and it’s good enough to give the Crimson Tide a little bit of a fight – at least for a while.
Yeah, A&M almost knocked off Clemson, but as amazing as Dabo’s squad is, this Bama thing is different.
It’s not going to be the total wipeout the first three games were, but Alabama will continue to establish its dominance.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Alabama 44, Texas A&M 17
Line: Alabama -26, o/u: 61
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 4.5
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