Through the season’s first three games, Alabama has consistently bullied the opposition like Debo did Red.
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The Crimson Tide slapped Louisville 51-14, smacked Arkansas State 57-7 and obliterated Ole Miss 62-7. But Saturday afternoon, they’ll face their first ranked foe in Texas A&M.
Last year, Alabama also got out the gate strong with a 59-0 spanking of Vanderbilt and 66-3 whipping of Ole Miss. But they proceeded to struggle against Texas A&M. They ultimately won on the road, 27-19, but the Aggies refused to be bullied.
A&M brought in former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher to deliver a national championship, and they might be closer to that goal much quicker than most anticipated, given their nail-biting 28-26 loss to No. 2 Clemson two weeks ago.
Clemson vs. Texas A&M: The No. 2 Tigers stopped a potential tying 2-point conversion with under a minute to play to hold on to a 28-26 win over the Aggies in College Station. Kelly Bryant racked up 259 total yards and scored on the ground and through the air.
“This is the best team we’ve played so far, so hopefully we’ll be able to continue to improve and have the right focus,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban told the media this week.
With the emergence of the spectacular sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, this looks to be the most explosive offense that Saban’s ever coached. Their defense has always been dominant, but the team dynamic has shifted considerably with the electricity that Tua adds under center.
Thus far, their opponents looked to be hiding their figurative jewelry whenever Debo rolled up.
Funny scene from the movie Friday.
But as Fisher looks to remake the A&M culture, they could be game to stand toe-to-toe with the defending champs.
“It doesn’t matter who you play, it’s how you play,” Fisher told the media this week. “We’ve got to set our own standard and look in the mirror to the standards we want. If you do that, then you can worry about somebody else. Most of the time you quit worrying about them because you can take care of yourself.”
The Aggies have exhibited some firepower of their own this year, walking into Tuscaloosa with a balanced offense that is averaging close to 600 yards per game. They’re fifth in the nation in total offense and one of only four offenses that rank in the top 25 in both rushing and passing. Everything revolves around gifted junior running back Trayveon Williams, whose 133 rushing yards per game leads the SEC. Sophomore quarterback Kellen Mond is completing 63% of his passes, has a 162.9 passer rating and has thrown for 824 yards with six touchdown passes.
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But when it comes to passing, Tagovailoa takes a back seat to no one. He’s ranked second nationally in passer efficiency. And the scary thing for Alabama’s opponents is that he hasn’t even played a full game this season, because Saban rotates in junior quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has led the program to back-to-back national championship game appearances.
Tagovailoa has a ridiculous 133.3 passer rating, he’s connecting on 72% of his throws and he’s tossed eight touchdowns with no interceptions. His synergy with sophomore wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is beyond special, with the two having already connected for six touchdowns.
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To put that in perspective, through three games, Jeudy has more TD receptions than first-round draft pick Calvin Ridley had all of last year.
Alabama is beyond formidable, perhaps one of the greatest and most dominant squads we’ve seen in quite a while. But Texas A&M wants some respect, and they’ll certainly do their best to punch the Crimson Tide in the mouth in order to get it.
Craig and Deebo fight.
This is the best game on the weekend slate. Will the Aggies get punked like Red? Or can they do the unexpected like Craig and bring Debo off of his sinister pedestal? We’ll soon find out.