3 Reasons Texas A&M Football will Crush the Tide

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Texas A&M Football Pass Rush Will Plague Milroe

I and many others have hit on this point all week, but the rate at which the Alabama offensive line gives up sacks and tackles for loss has this prolific Aggie defensive front licking their chops. If you haven’t read it yet, I’ll say it again here: Alabama is the worst team in the Power 5 and the second-worst in all of FBS at giving up sacks, and the Aggies are the best team in all of FBS at getting sacks. The Tide are in for a world of hurt up front, and if things continue to go how they have so far this season for Alabama, their offensive line will be little more than a crimson-colored mark on the Kyle Field grass by the end of the night.

Just think about the guys the Aggies have up front. Walter Nolen, leading all defensive tackles in sacks over the last two weeks with five. McKinnley Jackson, a load in the middle back for his senior year to wreck opposing offenses. Shemar Turner off the edge, finally coming into his own. There was a play last week in the red zone where Arkansas attempted to run the ball, and Turner drove the tackle far into the backfield, stiff-armed him with one hand while waiting to see which direction the back would go, and summarily dismissed him with a flick of his arm once the Arkansas player committed to one direction. By that time, it was too late for the Hog in question, and the Aggie defensive front had swallowed him up.

With the crowd behind them, this will be a complete domination for the Aggie defensive front seven. I see the pass rush getting home early and often here, and by the middle of the third quarter, Milroe will be seeing ghosts.