TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football is set to continue its SEC grind when it travels to College Station, Texas for a date with Texas A&M on Saturday.
Alabama has defeated its last two SEC opponents by a combined 125-3 score. Alabama has wrecked Texas A&M’s season the last three years, outscoring the Aggies 133-37 in that span. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Here are predictions from those who cover Alabama football for SEC Country:
Marq Burnett: Alabama 41, Texas A&M 10
The only thing I know about predictions is that I don’t know anything. I predicted Alabama-Vanderbilt would be kind of close. That game ended in a 59-0 blowout by Alabama. I expected Ole Miss to put up a fight, calling that one 34-17 in favor of Alabama. Ole Miss managed just a field goal as Alabama pounded the Rebels into submission, 66-3. Alabama will definitely win this game. That’s the only thing I (think I) know for sure.
Chris Kirschner: Alabama 48, Texas A&M 10
Texas A&M has righted the ship since horrifically blowing its season-opener against UCLA after being up 34 points in the third quarter. However, that ship will look like the Titanic come Saturday night when Alabama gets through with the Aggies. The Crimson Tide have outscored their past two opponents an unimaginable 125-3. Texas A&M has a below-average defense — entering the game ranked 80th nationally in scoring defense — so I expect Alabama to continue to rack up the points. The Tide have a nice win streak going over unranked opponents, with 69 consecutive wins. Alabama will get its 70th on Saturday.
Christopher Walsh: Alabama 42, Texas A&M 13
Alabama will look to establish the run and pound away in the Texas heat, but the Aggies are last in the SEC in pass defense, having already given up 1,458 yards in the air. Considering the Crimson Tide’s speed at the wide receiver position, it’s probably only a matter of time before someone like Calvin Ridley or Robert Foster busts a long touchdown or two.
Mike Bambach: Alabama 38, Texas A&M 7
Texas A&M is allowing 3.1 rushing yards per carry, so Alabama might have to throw more than Nick Saban prefers. Still, the Tide has enough to roll to another SEC road victory. Aggies QB Kellen Mond has improved each week, but he and the Aggies will find the going a lot harder against Alabama than Arkansas and South Carolina, the two conference teams they’ve defeated.
Ryan Fowler: Alabama 45, Texas A&M 17
Another dominating win for Alabama against a middle-of-the-road SEC team. You cannot beat Alabama when you have problems on your offensive line. Earlier this week we featured two reporters from College Station, and both identified concerns on the offensive line. I think Alabama’s balance pays off against the Aggies on Saturday evening.
Matt Speakman: Alabama 34, Texas A&M 13
Alabama will build off of its impressive start to the season on offense against a defense that is ranked outside the top 50 nationally in total defense, and will continue to take care of the ball. The Crimson Tide should be able to deal with Kellen Mond and Trayveon Williams as it has with most quarterback/running back duos this season. Limiting Christian Kirk on offense and special teams will be a major factor.
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