5 Things To Watch For in Texas A&M Football vs. Alabama
Although the full preview for Texas A&M football vs. Alabama just dropped here on the site, I wanted to jump into a few things that I think are really key for this matchup; areas in which the game will be decided. Without further ado, let’s jump right in.
Texas A&M Football vs. Alabama Key #1: Red Zone
Finishing drives against the Tide is no easy task. Alabama has allowed only 77% of red zone possessions to end in a score—either field goal or touchdown—and give up six only 46% of the time. The Aggies have had their own red zone struggles offensively, scoring touchdowns on only 62% of possessions that get inside the 20. On the flipside, though, things are even more dire for the Tide! The Aggies have given up a touchdown on a mere 38% of red zone possessions faced (the best mark in the SEC, by the way) and the Tide have scored a touchdown on only 53% of red zone possessions (the worst mark in the SEC). Finishing drives will be crucial in this one.
Texas A&M Football vs. Alabama Key #2: Long Ball
As I wrote earlier today, the deep throw is the best aspect of Milroe’s passing game. His hesitancy to pull the trigger can sometimes stymy him from making as much use of it as he might do otherwise, however. Similarly, Max Johnson throws a beautiful deep ball—we saw him complete one to Evan Stewart in both the Auburn and Arkansas games, as well as one that was right on target but broken up by safety Hudson Clark. The thing that bit Alabama against Texas was the long connections between Ewers and their receivers, and the performance that Texas A&M football put up against Miami was marred by the many long completions from Van Dyke as well. The big pass play could spell doom for one team or the other here.