Texas A&M football: 5 takeaways from loss at Alabama

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A&M made mistakes, didn’t force them

Early on it looked like the Fightin’ Texas Aggies were going to give Alabama a run for its money. They tied the game at seven after an impressive drive and showed some resilience doing so. Unfortunately, mistakes marred the rest of the game.

A&M didn’t win the turnover battle. They dropped passes. They committed dumb penalties. They missed tackles. They couldn’t protect Kellen Mond. You can win if you do one, maybe two of these. All of them results in the final score you saw today.

You could see the difference in talent on the field, but teams can still compete with Alabama if they play close to a perfect game. Most of these mistakes are inexcusable and Fisher will damn well let his players know that.

The Aggies also needed to force Alabama to make mistakes of their own. Alabama was pretty much perfect in this regard. They were the antithesis of the team on the opposing sideline.

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A&M wanted to fair better in this game, but coming away victorious was a long shot. Fisher needs time to reduce the talent gap between these two programs. He is already having positive effects on the team’s attitude but they are still a year away from competing with Alabama.

Jeff Shull is the Site Expert for the Gig Em Gazette on FanSided. Follow him on Twitter, and be sure to follow the Gig Em Gazette on Facebook and Twitter.