Back in 2012 when the Aggies beat top ranked Alabama they had suffered a pair of losses before traveling to Tuscaloosa. Then the Aggies responded by blocking a punt out of the end zone, giving them two points and another possession to whittle away at the Tide's lead. Texas A&M is 2-12 against top-ranked opponents. Alabama struggled to piece together successful drives. Texas A&M is still trying to recover from the monstrous lead they blew against UCLA earlier this season. "We're looking forward to changing that for them".
Alabama is coming in as a 24 point favorite, four points less than last week (probably because the game is on A&M's turf). Texas A&M has come up clutch on multiple occasions and made things very interesting with the best team in the country at Kyle Field.
Sumlin wasn't surprised the son of a Texas high school coach was doing so well as a freshman last season, much less now.
"I'm not here to talk about our game plan", Sumlin said with a smile. "When you play that hard, when you play that long, nobody is happy".
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said on his radio show Thursday that he hopes all Alabama fans "have a thought and a prayer for Coach Stallings and his family". Freshman quarterbacks are now 3-13 against Nick Saban-coached Alabama teams.
"You write about how good we are, all that stuff they hear on ESPN", Saban said. It's like taking poison, like rat poison.
"He's one of the most physical backs I've ever seen", A&M center Erik McCoy said.
Alabama's defense was shutting down Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide shellacked Vanderbilt 59-0 and blasted MS 66-3 in the last two games.
Alabama is trying to keep rolling after dominating Southeastern Conference opponents Vanderbilt and MS by a combined 125-3.
Alabama will be a huge test for A&M's ground game. Calvin Ridley and Jerry Jeudy have combined for 429 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Cam Sims has six receptions.
He flashed that ability with a 37-yard fourth quarter touchdown in last season's Texas A&M game.
Alabama staked itself to a three-touchdown lead in the third quarter and staved off an Aggies comeback attempt to claim a 27-19 victory on Saturday night at Kyle Field. Interviews like the one Monday, where questions about the actual game he will quarterback were few and far between.
Kellen Mond has thrown two interceptions, each time playing well after the mistakes. That was almost 40 yards below his average.
Thirteen seconds later, however, Alabama running back Damien Harris busted through the A&M defense for a 75-yard touchdown run, and the Crimson Tide never trailed again. His 24 receptions are four times more than anyone else on the Alabama roster.
Alabama reeled off 17 unanswered points to finish the first half.
"It's tough to know that if a couple more things would've went our way we would've had a closer shot to win the game", Kirk said. All the credit goes out to them.
"The gantlet that you have to go through as an SEC team is a challenge for anyone", he said.