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    Big A 11/7/12 Latest Bama News

    It was 10 years ago this very weekend that the Aggies last defeated a No. 1 team, knocking off Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners 30-26. Adding to the novelty - or, again depending on your preference, the relevance - is the fact that current Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin was A&M's offensive coordinator at the time. There was something else going on at that exact time, something that touched directly on both Alabama and Texas A&M. Because even as R.C. Slocum was guiding the Aggies to that memorable upset of Oklahoma, the Texas A&M power brokers were working on a deal that would oust Slocum and bring a new coach to College Station. That coach, of course, was Alabama's Dennis Franchione. That move became official Dec. 6, 2002, and reaction was immediate. A&M thought it had pulled off a coup that might make up, at least in part, for Alabama taking Paul "Bear" Bryant away from College Station more than 40 years earlier. (Alabama fans simply regard that as Bryant "coming home.")


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    Big A Re: 11/7/12

    The junior running back had only gone through the motions in Monday's practice after tweaking an ankle injury Saturday in a 21-17 victory at LSU. You also will get a glimpse of the Crimson Tide's wide receivers.




    Watch Tide RB Eddie Lacy and WRs at Tuesday's practice (video) & Photos-al.com

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    Big A Re: 11/7/12

    Bowl are synonymous with post-season college football," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. "For many years, fans have enjoyed the color and pageantry that New Orleans offers. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome has hosted many Super Bowls, Sugar Bowls and National Championship Games and having teams from the Big 12 and SEC in a post-season college football game together only adds to this list. We look forward to competing against the Big 12 as a new championship tradition begins on New Year's Day."


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    Big A Re: 11/7/12

    Paul "Bear" Bryant coached the last Texas A&M team to be ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press rankings. The Aggies occupied the top spot for three weeks during the 1957 season before losing.



    Can you name all four men who coached Alabamaís and Texas A&Mís football teams?-Daily Bama Blog


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    Big A Re: 11/7/12

    Take a long, close look.Johnny Manziel is setting Southeastern Conference records in his first season as a starter for the Aggies. In his fourth game, a 58-10 victory over Arkansas, Manziel set an SEC record with 557 yards of total offense and broke the school record with 453 yards passing.


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    Big A Re: 11/7/12

    Texas A&M will present a whole new set of challenges. It all starts with dual-threat quarterback Johnny Manziel. Clinton-Dix was asked if Manziel reminded him of Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, whom Alabama largely shut down in the season opener. "He might not be as quick as Denard Robinson, but he's a great, fast quarterback," Clinton-Dix said. "He can move around the pocket, he can make things happen when nothing is there. He's a great quarterback and we look forward to playing him this week." And how does Alabama plan to stop him? "You have to stay in your zone, stay locked on your man, and don't come out of your coverage," Clinton-Dix said.
    After surrendering 298 passing yards, Alabama's secondary ready to move on, says HaHa Clnton-Dix | al.com

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    Big A Re: 11/7/12

    "Iíve been around longer than most, and most of our players canít relate to this, but this guy reminds me of Doug Flutie," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "I played against him a long time ago, but he was a really good player and a really good competitor and thatís who this guy reminds me of. He can throw it, heís not great big in stature or anything like that, heís extremely quick, heís very instinctive Ė has a unique ability to extend plays and seems to know when to take-off and run it. He scrambles and makes plays throwing the ball down the field. "He doesnít remind me of (Cam Newton or Tim Tebow) who were bigger, more physical, very athletic guys; this guy really doesnít run a lot of quarterback runs. He runs quarterback draws, and he runs when itís a pass and everybody gets all spread-out and [he] scrambles. The other guys were certainly capable of doing that, this is a unique guy in terms of his play-making ability, his size, quickness and speed and ability to make people miss in space."

    Hereís Johnny! Manziel, A&M coming on strong | Lindy's Sports

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    Big A Re: 11/7/12

    With no offense intended, Alabama coach Nick Sabanmade it abundantly clear Monday that Blake Sims -- or whoever else plays the role of scout team quarterback at practice throughout the week -- is no Johnny Manziel. Really, no one is.
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    Big A Re: 11/7/12

    Who could steal the show: Texas A&M -- DE Damontre Moore. The SEC's leader in sacks (11.5) will face perhaps the toughest OL he's ever seen on Saturday. The good news for him is that Alabama's OL is better in run blocking than in passing protection. It won't be easy, but Alabama has given up 18 sacks on the season, so Moore will have a chance. Alabama -- LB C.J. Mosley. Alabama will utilize a variety of defensive schemes to help keep Manziel in the pocket, but expect Mosley to be a big part of whatever plan its uses. He leads the team with 69 tackles and he played perhaps his best game of the year in Week 1 against Michigan, a team that featured scrambling QB Denard Robinson.
    No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies at No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide: Preview, prediction, TV info - CBSSports.com

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    Big A Re: 11/7/12

    The Aggies' quick-tempo offense ran 97 plays and amassed 693 yards, gaining 361 on the ground and 332 through the air, in last Saturday's 38-13 win over then-No. 15 Mississippi State. It was the fifth time this season Texas A&M racked up at least 600 yards. Manziel completed 30 of 36 passes for 311 yards and ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies, who improved to 5-0 on the road. The freshman has now totaled 31 touchdowns and is averaging 383.2 yards of total offense, better than 47 FBS teams. "We're lucky to have him," running back Ben Malena said. "The play is never over. You've got to stay in the play and try to help him out any way you can." The Tide appear healthy going into their first meeting with Texas A&M since 1988, though Saban said tailback Eddie Lacy would miss a day of practice to rest an ankle injury sustained against LSU. He said leading wide receiver Amari Cooper didn't re-injure an ankle in the game but was "just a little sore" and shouldn't miss practice. Cooper didn't play in the second half. "He's going to be able to practice and be ready to go this week," Saban said.
    NCAA College Football Preview - Texas A&M Aggies at Alabama Crimson Tide - Nov 10, 2012 - CBSSports.com

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