All is not lost for Texas A&M despite loss to Alabama

Nov 01, 2016, 05:38

The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0 SEC) will host No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies (6-0, 4-0 SEC) this afternoon inside Bryant-Denny Stadium in a clash of the SEC's remaining unbeaten teams.

Alabama's identity still rests with that defense, whose nine touchdowns scored are twice as many as any other defense in the country. He essentially took the Tide's kryptonite-dual-threat quarterbacks and spread offenses-and made a decision to inflict them on the opposition. He completed fewer than half of his passes for only 164 yards against the Tide, and he didn't have his usual success on the ground either, with only 24 rushing yards on 13 carries.

That's a tough blow for a secondary that has looked as close to "vulnerable" as any unit on the Alabama team.

One week after having one of the best games of his career, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts struggled through the air. Every down, every touchdown, every play matters in this huge SEC rivalry game so don't miss a minute of this one and watch it all online here with us. "We have three or four of these each year".

Texas A&M inserted some drama, as one would expect from a top 10 team.

Auburn's run-heavy, misdirection-based offense has given the Crimson Tide problems in the past.

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Jackson's 17-yard return into Texas A&M territory had set up the final touchdown.

The Texas A&M offense struggled early, punting four times and turning the ball over on the fifth possession.

But the drive stalled and Alabama settled for a 32-yard field goal from kicker Adam Griffith to make it 3-0.

Running back Damien Harris had a great game for Alabama, finishing with 128 yards on 17 carries. Of all the players who have impressed on the Tide's defense this season, Allen may be at the top of the list. In receiving, Josh Reynolds posted 89 yards and a touchdown in five receptions while Christian Kirk added 80 yards and a touchdown in seven catches. "They've got to feed him sooner or later". Alabama has no shortage of receivers of their own. Instead, the Tide started to roll.

On Saturday, he leaped squarely into the forefront of Alabama's defense. The result was a fumble by Aggies running back Keith Ford. So, when they scored, and we went down and scored, that was big in answering, and it helped the momentum of the game.

The Aggies seemed poised to put up the biggest fight, with a defense that kept the pressure on Hurts and a handful of big runs by quarterback Trevor Knight. A&M had no answer for his dual-threat ability throughout the game, especially in those key moments during the third quarter, and that was the difference.

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The Crimson Tide are coming off two straight wins over Arkansas and Tennessee, a pair of ranked opponents, but they cruised in both games.

Alabama is off next Saturday and returns to action November 5 at LSU.

Eleven wins is very realistic with New Mexico State rolling into Kyle Field next week and a November 19 home date with UTSA a few weeks after.

They have to pass against LSU and Auburn first and whoever will be in Atlanta after that. Getting around that barricade in the road still requires a bigger bulldozer than anyone has brought in so far.

But while the focus entering their bye game next Saturday is on LSU in two weeks, a new surprising contenderhas emerged that could actually challenge the mighty Crimson Tide late in the season: Their hated rivals, the Auburn Tigers.

Yet also expressed his pleasure with this team's focus and fight.

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Alabama dink-and-dunked and even shoveled, anything to the ball into tight end O.J. Howard's hands.

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