5 Things We’ll See from Texas A&M Football vs. Alabama
I know I’m jinxing it for sure, but I’m kind of on a hot streak now with my Texas A&M football bold predictions. I went four-for-five (three-for-five if you count garbage time) with my Arkansas predictions and one review away from going four-for-five with my Auburn predictions. I’ve got the hottest hand in the land! Maybe not really, but that did rhyme. Bold predictions!
Alabama has 2 or fewer RZ possessions and 0 RZ TDs
Bama has had a lot of trouble generating quality possessions—much less possessions that get down into the red zone—against good defenses. When they do get within the 20, they have their fair share of issues. Texas A&M football is the best in the conference at preventing red zone touchdowns and, in fact, have not allowed a rushing TD since the first game. If the Tide are forced to pass in that constricted area, that’s advantage Aggies.
Aggies notch highest YPC against Bama of Jimbo Era (4.5 YPC or above)
I really like how the offensive line has been run blocking these past two weeks, especially late in the game. It’s been tough sledding for Jimbo-led Aggie teams on the ground when playing Bama, but I think there’s some opportunities to find lanes out towards the edges, as MSU showed last weekend.
Milroe has 1 or fewer explosive passing TDs
The Tide QB’s best asset is his deep ball, but I think it might be tough for him to find time against this Aggie front to be able to properly unload one. It doesn’t help things that he can be a little hesitant throwing into anything except completely blown coverages downfield.
Texas A&M football records 5+ sacks
Milroe has a bit better ability to escape the rush than the previous two QBs the Aggies faced, but he also has more of a propensity to run into the rush. In any case, I think the Aggie defensive front will get home early and often here.
Aggies knock off Bama
Maybe this is cheating the format, especially because I’ve been predicting this since the offseason, but I think this is a program-defining, course-changing, balance-of-power-shifting win for the Aggies. I like the A&M defense to stymy the talented Bama offense, and Max Johnson and the boys to get out to an early lead and grind the Tide down with the rushing game late.