Sports

Even as Alabama was pushed by A&M, outcome was never in doubt

Even as Alabama was pushed by A&M, outcome was never in doubt”

Read the counter-argument for Clemson here! In addition to victories of 59-0 over Vanderbilt and 66-3 over Ole Miss in back-to-back weeks, the top-ranked Crimson Tide has outscored its last five SEC opponents by a combined score of 260-34, including eclipsing the 50-point plateau in four of those games.

The Aggie defense has also proven to be much better against the run than in past years, giving up less than 96 yards a game so far.

The Crimson Tide are now 5-0 and they'll look to remain unbeaten when they head to College Station to take on the Aggies Saturday night. The junior has 11 tackles and 1.5 for loss on the season. This year was no different with the Tide opening up against another top five team in the Florida State Seminoles.

The Crimson Tide rolled up 365 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 66-3 victory over MS last week.

Alabama did control the game really the entire way. The Tide has forced a three-and-out on 40 of 61 opponent drives this season for a 49.2 percent clip.

Stallings won a national championship with Alabama in 1992, but he got his start with the Aggies. The offense and defense both lead the SEC in a number of statistical categories, including fewest points allowed and most points scored.

As I previously mentioned, this team is battling its way through this season with a chip on its shoulder after January's loss to Clemson.

"My city", Houston native Jalen Hurts said, "is always on my mind". He has a dozen tackles on the season along with three quarterback hurries. It was Alabama's first turnover since November 24, 2016 - a span of 638 plays - and earned Foster a talking to from Saban as soon as he reached the sideline.

"He's been an impact player from the day he got there", Sumlin said of the former Channelview High star who has rushed for more than 100 yards in a game three times this season.

But can the Aggies run it against the Crimson Tide?

Can anyone stop the Tide from rolling?

But since turning its attention toward the SEC, the Tide has ratcheted up the intensity.

The fumble, which gave the Aggies short field to work with, would lead directly to Texas A&M's first touchdown when freshman quarterback Kellen Mond scrambled before finding receiver Christian Kirk for a 2-yard scoring pass on fourth-and-goal. Early indications from Las Vegas also has Alabama predicted as five touchdown favorites over Tennessee and almost four touchdown favorites over LSU.

We'll put aside the irony of comparing playing college football to working a job for a moment and focus on the overall message Saban is drilling home, because it is a valuable life lesson in all walks of life.

Look for Alabama to continue the trend of shutting down an offense early in the game, while racking up points with their balanced attack.

During his weekly press conference on Wednesday, Saban was asked whether or not Alabama would be doing anything to assist any players who have been affected by the damage of Hurricane Harvey.



Like this

Latest




Recommended