On Saturday September 14, Alabama comes into College Station as a 8.5 point favorite over the Texas A&M Aggies. This has been the most hyped game since Alabama’s loss last season. First, it looked like the loss would knock the Crimson Tide out of the BCS title game, then it became a rallying cry after they ended up beating Notre Dame. Although, Alabama and Texas A&M would have you believing it’s just another game, CBS would let you know otherwise.
Alabama comes into the game with a lackluster effort two weeks ago against Virginia Tech. They had a bye week to work on the offensive line and the passing game. The running game didn’t fare much better in week one. It’s almost guaranteed that T.J Yeldon and the boys will be on top of their game from the beginning.
The first game was so bad offensively, Alabama’s offense barely surpassed 200 yards total. A.J McCarron was nursing a toe injury, so he should be better as well.
Besides Yeldon’s running ability, Amari Cooper has to be the difference maker on the outside for Alabama.
Defensively, they have to slow down Johnny Manziel in front of a hostile crowd. None of these players have been to Texas A&M and the 12th man can be as chilling an experience as going to LSU at night.
Therefore, Alabama has to keep the game close early. If they get off to another bad start, they might not be able to overcome the Aggies without the advent of the home crowd.
Can Alabama keep Johnny Manziel in the pocket on Saturday? If they try to maintain without getting pressure, Johnny Manziel may have the time to pick apart the Crimson Tide secondary.
If Johnny Manziel is the best player in college football, he will prove it at home. The Aggies have big time weapons at all the skill positions. The team that control the sway of emotions throughout the game will be victorious. Alabama hasn’t lost on the road since 2010, so they should be prepared for everything. Still, the Aggies pull out a tough home victory over the Crimson Tide.
Texas A&M 30