The Really Big Week 6 Thing Was …
Texas A&M 41, Alabama 38
Alabama lost games in the regular season before under Nick Saban and everything turned out fine on the way to a national title, but this one wasn’t like the others.
The Tide already looked vulnerable on the road against Florida, and on Saturday night they couldn’t come up with a late meaningful stop against an Aggie team that couldn’t get the O going.
A&M failed to get to 300 yards in three of the four games before hosting Alabama, and it finished with 379 with 285 through the air – the second most passing yards since hanging up 292 against Kent State in the opener.
The Bama offense worked, and there were plenty of chances to put this away after getting down early, but special teams breakdowns, missed defensive chances late, and the inability to run the ball to bring it home were all a part of the stunner.
This time, it felt different than when Johnny Manziel went off in 2012, or when absolutely every break went the other way in the 2015 loss to Ole Miss, or when the Tide lost on a last-second play to the Rebels in 2014.
And it sure felt different than the 9-6 defensive slugfest classic against LSU in 2011.
If a Texas A&M team that struggled against Colorado, and lost to Arkansas and Mississippi State could pull it off, then maybe someone else can beat Bama, too?
All it takes is one more loss, and realistically, that’s it. Alabama is out of the national title chase.
The door is now possibly open for a crazy year coming from someone outside of the norm possibly winning the national title. More on that in the What It All Means section.