Alabama football visits Texas A&M on Saturday in a primetime SEC showdown (7 p.m., CBS). Here’s how the sports staff at The Tuscaloosa News sees the outcome:
Alabama 28, Texas A&M 16
Shouting cowboys and swaying press boxes do make a difference, but Alabama has a big edge at the most important position: quarterback. I’m not sure even an upset salvages the Aggies’ season, but it would put some salsa into it.
Alabama 38, Texas A&M 17
Texas A&M hasn’t been close to its potential, highlighted by its loss to Mississippi State last week. The Aggies’ near-best was going to be needed to beat Alabama. The Crimson Tide, however, showed great strides with a domination last week against Ole Miss. These teams are moving in opposite directions.
Alabama 48, Texas A&M 0
Alabama just had one of its better defensive performances of the last few seasons, and Texas A&M is struggling on offense – seems like a perfect scenario for a shutout. Alabama offense keeps rolling behind Bryce and the run game.
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Alabama 42, Texas A&M 14
The Alabama offense continues to be electric, while the defense continues to get better. Kyle Field will be loud, but that shouldn’t stop Bryce Young from having a great game.
Alabama 45, Texas A&M 17
Alabama will have to find a way to replace Jase McClellan’s production after losing the running back in the Crimson Tide’s win against Ole Miss. The Tide’s defense will prove its strength once again and give Jimbo and the Aggies problems at Kyle Field.
Alabama 45, Texas A&M 20
To say Texas A&M has not lived up to expectations this season would be an understatement. Following a loss to Mississippi State, the Aggies may be able to keep this one close at home for a bit, but ultimately Alabama will pull away.
Alabama 41, Texas A&M 17
These teams find themselves in very different places after a crazy Week 5 in the SEC. A&M lost to possibly the worst team in the SEC West, while Alabama beat a top-15 team by 21. This was projected to be the game that decided the SEC West, yet has turned into nothing more than just another game for the Crimson Tide.