Alabama did not fare too well in their last trip to College Station in 2021 suffering a disappointing 41-38 loss.
It’s always fun with the Crimson Tide and the Aggies get together and next weekend’s matchup is shaping up to be one of the best. Let’s look at some of the top storylines to watch ahead of the Week 6 SEC clash.
A&M's front seven vs. Alabama's offensive line
This will be one of the toughest challenges for the Alabama offensive line this season. Texas A&M has a deep and talented defensive front and will make life miserable if JC Latham and company don’t bring their A-game.
Interesting QB dual
Alabama fans are watching Jalen Milroe grow and develop from week to week while Texas A&M fans are watching their backup QB navigate the SEC. Max Johnson isn’t your average backup though, he has plenty of SEC experience, and playing in a big-time game will not be something new for him.
Bobby Petrino is back in the SEC and calling plays for the Aggies which will make for an interesting matchup for the Alabama defense. Petrino was once the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks and has had his fair share of contests against Nick Saban and Alabama.
Both Alabama and Texas A&M rank inside the top 20 in total defense, but you could make the argument that both teams are playing as well as anyone else on that side of the ball. This is shaping up to be one of the lower-scoring matchups of the season.
Often times when you have a matchup that features two dominating defenses the game comes down to who can win the special teams battle. It’s safe to say that Alabama holds the advantage in the specialists category with Will Reichard and James Burnip, but kick coverage has shown to be a little suspect and Texas A&M has the athletes to exploit that if the Tide aren’t careful. Regardless, special teams are likely to play a major factor in the outcome on Saturday afternoon.
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