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It all goes back to the run-pass split Alabama used Saturday. Against Texas A&M, the Crimson Tide called only 29 running plays and 36 passing. For some teams nationally, thatís a typical split. For others, that actually is too much running. But for Alabama under Nick Saban, thatís an an awful lot of passing, even with a quarterback like AJ McCarron who ranks seventh nationally in passing efficiency. In the previous 63 games, which dates back to the start of the 2008 season, Alabama has had a more pass-heavy split only three times, all in 2010. The Crimson Tide lost all three: Auburn (25 run calls, 46 pass), LSU (28, 37) and South Carolina (22, 42). All the passing shortens Alabamaís time of possession, which gives an up-tempo team such as Texas A&M exactly what it wants ó a chance to run more plays. The Aggies ran 77 of them, and afterward, Alabama coach Nick Saban said one of the best ways to defend a talented quarterback like the Aggieís Johnny Manziel is to keep him off the field.
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