The Texas A&M Football team’s 2021 season may rely on a single game against Alabama. Last year, A&M took their only loss against ‘Bama — a game that would eventually doom them in the College Football Playoff race.
As hard as it may be to admit, the Aggies’ season may rely on an October 9th matchup in College Station against the Crimson Tide.
A&M’s chances of beating Alabama took a big hit a week ago when Haynes King was ruled out with a fractured leg. He’ll be out for around a month, meaning Zach Calzada will likely be the starter in a game that may determine the SEC West champion.
But the future just got a little bit brighter on Saturday.
Against Florida, Alabama looked like a team that the Texas A&M Football team can beat
Prior to Week 3, the Alabama Football team looked unbeatable.
The Tide completely destroyed a ranked Miami team in Week 1 before taking care of business in convincing fashion against Mercer. Both wins were dominant and it looked like they hadn’t missed a step, even with a handful of roster changes from a season ago.
Things changed for ‘Bama in Week 3 against Florida in one of the biggest games of the season. It didn’t start that way though, as the Tide took a commanding 21-3 lead in the first quarter. Most neutral fans probably turned to another channel at this point.
Then, Florida marched back. They brought the game to within two points after a touchdown pass before a failed two-point conversion would end their chances of an upset. Still, it was a big scare for Alabama, who had their worst offensive and defensive performances of the year.
Right now, it’s hard to say whether this is a reason to believe that Florida is better than we thought or a reason to believe that Alabama is worse than we thought. Heck, maybe it’s both. One thing, however, is abundantly clear — Nick Saban’s squad is completely beatable.
Every player on their team looked human. Sure, Bryce Young still had a great game with 240 yards and three passing touchdowns, but it wasn’t an out-of-this-world performance. Heck, Florida outgained Alabama by over 100 yards. Specifically, the Gators gashed the Tide on the ground, rushing for 245 yards.
They’re within reach.
Despite the aforementioned loss at quarterback for the Aggies, this piles on as another reason why the game against the Tide has only become more interesting as the 2021 season has progressed. The first reason is regarding A&M’s schedule, which initially looked weak. Now, A&M will face a ranked Arkansas Razorbacks team and a solid Mississippi State squad. They’ll have the big-game experience that they were looking for.
This is only another positive to go along with the fact that another SEC team gave ‘Bama a scare. Before the season, the Aggies were considered the Tide’s toughest challenger. They can’t be too far off from that now.