3. Everyone must stay healthy
Of course, in order to win, your team must be healthy enough to play. Injuries have plagued the Aggies this year. It started in Week 1 with the loss of Nick Starkel and Donovan Wilson. Alabama is going to be more physical and more aggressive than any team the Ags have faced this year. If we want to have a chance at winning, not only Saturday but in the future, we must have healthy players to put on the field.
Being able to stand up to this sort of physicality will be a solid victory for the Texas A&M. This team is young and has a lot of room to develop. Keeping as many players possible off the injured list and on the field is what we have to do in order for them learn and grow.
Texas A&M doesn’t have the roster depth like the Tide do. If the Tide have a starter go down, there’s a good chance they have a 5-star or 4-star recruit waiting to step in and get his chance. Keeping our best players available is the only way that we will have a chance to make a bowl game and to keep Sumlin. If our stars go, our coach will be gone as well.
Alabama will be, by far and away, the best team we play all year. If our starters can get lots of healthy, quality reps against their best players, they will only improve, making the rest of the competition seem not so bad. Playing against weaker teams may boost stat book and season record, but playing the tougher opponents will pay off come crunch time. If the Aggies don’t come away with this one, it will be the greatest learning experience of the year. Alabama will make us a better football team, win or lose.