Alabama vs. Texas A&M prediction and game preview. Projecting who wins the SEC West showdown between the Crimson Tide and Aggies.
Alabama vs. Texas A&M Game Preview
When: Saturday, October 22 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL
TV Broadcast: CBS
A matchup between arguably the two best teams in the SEC will take place in Tuscaloosa as both Alabama and Texas A&M enter undefeated with a spot in the College Football Playoff on their minds.
For Alabama, the faces are new but the results are the same, as they went into Knoxville and dominated Tennessee in a 49-10 win that was never in doubt. The Aggies enjoyed an off week after defeating that same Volunteers team in overtime the previous Saturday.
What To Know About Alabama
Quarterback Jalen Hurts is a bad man, especially when running the ball, and he showed why against Tennessee, rushing for 132 yards on just 12 rushes and three touchdowns. The offensive line for Alabama is once again a strength, as the Tide combined for 438 rushing yards in the rout. Look for the Tide to try and impose their will on the Aggies’ defensive front and get both Hurts and running back Damien Harris going.
The amount of talent on the Alabama defense is insane, but the secondary will have its hands full with the deep group of wide receivers Texas A&M employs. If star pass rushers Tim Williams and Jonathan Allen can’t get to Trevor Knight, cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick and safety Eddie Jackson will need to have an excellent game.
What to Know About Texas A&M
This is quarterback Trevor Knight’s team now, and he will have to have a performance for the ages to give the Aggies a shot in this one. Luckily, he has the weapons of Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds to throw to at the receiver position. Knight can beat you with his feet, too, and the combination of Trayveon Williams and Keith Ford at running back gives the Aggies some balance on offense.
The defense centers around defensive end Myles Garrett, who can disrupt an offense all by himself. The Tide are excellent in the trenches and will do all they can to double team Garrett, so others on the front line such as Daeshon Hall must step up. Slowing the Alabama run game and making Hurts win the game simply by throwing will be a goal for A&M.
Offense: Tie. These two teams are so explosive with the ball, and extremely balanced.
Defense: Alabama. The Crimson Tide have scored 11 non-offensive touchdowns this season, many coming from the defense.
Special Teams: Alabama. See the stat above. Eddie Jackson is a threat to return any punt for a touchdown – just ask Tennessee.
Coaching: Alabama. Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has turned the Tide offense into a machine.
Intangibles: Alabama. They don’t just want to win, they want to humiliate you.
Matchup To Watch
Tim Williams/Jonathan Allen vs. Texas A&M offensive line
If these two guys can provide pressure (and don’t forget about standout linebacker Reuben Foster), the Aggies offense will have a hard time finding anything yardage and point wise.
Alabama vs. Texas A&M Betting Odds
Spread: Alabama -16.5
Alabama vs. Texas A&M Prediction
Texas A&M has exceeded expectations this season with the 6-0 start and a defense that has vastly improved in John Chavis’ second season in College Station. Knight is just the right quarterback needed for Kevin Sumlin’s system and, with the bye week, the Aggies will be well-rested. None of that will matter. This could be Alabama’s best team since Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, and that is saying a lot. The Tide are firing on all sides of the ball and can beat you in any way possible. Alabama wins in a blowout.
Alabama vs. Texas A&M Score Prediction: Alabama 45, Texas A&M 24