Alabama had a very difficult game against LSU last week and as a result has seen its statistical rank drop a bit. Meanwhile, Texas A&M is coming off an easy victory over Mississippi State and is the first team this year to have a substantial advantage over Alabama in major statistics.
In advance of Saturday's game between the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide and the No. 15-Aggies, Texas A&M beat writer Sam Kahn Jr. spoke to TideNation about the matchup and what Kevin Sumlin's team will have to do to be successful in Bryant-Denny Stadium:
Johnny Manziel's numbers this season cause you to sit back and kind of go, “Wow!” He’s been that explosive, and so has the entire Texas A&M offense, which is fifth nationally in total offense. But to have the kind of success Texas A&M has had in its first season in the SEC doesn’t happen if you’re not good up front offensively. The Aggies aren’t just good. They’re outstanding, and they’re led by the best offensive tackle tandem in college football in juniors Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews. “They’re very, very good, and probably as a pair, as good as anybody we’ve played this year,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. It’s one of the matchups that makes Saturday’s Alabama-Texas A&M game so intriguing.
Phillips Sims still is cheering for Alabama, even though he transferred out of the program to Virginia this summer.According to the Roanoke Times, Sims told reporters he still tries to catch Alabama games when he can. He watched "bits and pieces" of the Crimson Tide's 21-17 win over LSU and enjoyed seeing AJ McCarron lead the comeback drive in the last minutes.