“Show Me A Good Tide”

Campus Clash

(13) Texas A&M Aggies at (2) Alabama Crimson Tide

Texas A&M: This is officially year three of the Jimbo Fisher chapter. Let’s ask ourselves this question: Have they improved any since he decided to take the job? I get they play in a loaded conference with Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Bama. It’s one thing when you can recruit guys and have top recruiting classes in the country, but that isn’t what the university is paying you to do. You are being paid to put together top-ten teams and win games. Nothing else matters. For this team to go anywhere, it starts with the quarterback, Kellen Mond. He must elevate his play. Better reads and fewer interceptions would be a start. On Saturday, they’ll travel to Tuscaloosa to face a familiar face.

Alabama: Ever since the College Football Playoff became a reality, they have always been a playoff team. That wasn’t the case in 2019. Injuries harmed them starting with linebacker Dylan Moses tearing his ACL before the season started. It’s safe to say this year, they’ll play with a chip on their shoulder. I liked what I saw from Mac Jones in their opener last week. He brings more of a traditional look to the Alabama offense but can move around when necessary. I can’t wait to watch Najee Harris play. He could be a Heisman candidate. If healthy, this defense can get back into the best in the country conversation. This Saturday, they will host Texas A&M.

Texas A&M X-Factor: Caleb Chapman– When one guy is gone, the next must be prepared to step up. With Jhamon Ausbond opting out, this will be Mond’s top target. He’s a 6’5 possession receiver who moves well for a man his size. Watch for he and Mond to connect early on.

Alabama X-Factor: D.J. Dale– D.J. is next in line to be the next star. His motor is relentless. D.J can play all over the defensive line from the ends to the interior. I’ve seen his high school tapes and highlights. Now, I’m ready to see him at this level on a collegiate field.

Final Thoughts: There’s nothing like SEC Saturdays. Since Jimbo became the Aggies head coach, he’s yet to defeat the Crimson Tide. The gameplan for Texas A&M is to attack the Alabama secondary which is young and inexperienced. Expect Mond to come out with a heavy dose of the passing attack. Alabama will mix up their looks offensively. Lots of Harris and then, the play-action to open up the field.

Prediction: Alabama 38 Texas A&M 20


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