TAMU's biggest plus is that they start very fast each week which is the biggest threat to a team coming off such an emotional and physically draining game as last week. Alabama has kinda been sluggish to start in those MSU games following LSU the last few years but MSU's offensive ineptitude kept them from really ever putting us in a tense situation. TAMU is the kind of team that can put us in a hole quick if the intensity isn't quite there in the first quarter.
The indicators on this game is how the defense starts this game off and how the OL can respond early to a team that will be in reckless abandon to the backfield on runs and passes. On paper it appears that Alabama should be able to do some things against their defense but it hinges on protection. The long term keys to the game will be keeping Manziel in the middle of the field and wearing down their defensive front. 3rd down defense has to improve so the offense can work on the clock and the scoreboard.