Will Alabama continue domination of the Aggies?


Alabama's defense against Texas A&M's running game. Texas A&M is still trying to recover from the monstrous lead they blew against UCLA earlier this season.

Somehow, against No. 1 Alabama, Texas A&M held more than a slim chance of knocking off an undefeated team that throttled its previous two SEC opponents. Kevin Sumlin's hot seat has cooled a bit after back-to-back wins to start SEC play, but a blowout at the hands of Nick Saban won't be received favorably.

"At the end of the day, it's another game, a tough road environment that we have to play in", Hurts said, "and we have to be ready". "I don't think it got in their house, but they lost water and power and all that". They were very efficient on offense.

However, whether it was gamesmanship or a frank evaluation of how college football games can unravel, Saban also brought up the Aggies' meltdown in the Rose Bowl.

"Success is not a continuum, it's momentary", Saban said.

"You've got to keep playing". In addition to victories of 59-0 over Vanderbilt and 66-3 over Ole Miss in back-to-back weeks, the top-ranked Crimson Tide has outscored its last five SEC opponents by a combined score of 260-34, including eclipsing the 50-point plateau in four of those games.

And while the Crimson Tide have certainly been dominant, the Aggies boast a level of talent that Alabama has not seen this season, especially considering Florida State's Deondre Francois was injured early in the fourth quarter of the FSU-Alabama season opener. Thirteen seconds later, however, Alabama running back Damien Harris busted through the A&M defense for a 75-yard touchdown run, and the Crimson Tide never trailed again.

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"Going to the field, a lot (is) on my mind", Hurts said Monday. Neither he nor his teammates have turned the football over since, an unbelievable 34-quarter streak that spans 591 consecutive offensive plays. Only Tennessee RB John Kelly (494 yards) and Georgia's Nick Chubb (480) have rushed for more in the SEC. The line will have to play well against an Alabama defensive front seven that is once again stocked with talent.

"He's really unsafe", Sumlin said of Hurts.

BUGGS LEADS DEFENSE WITH CAREER-BEST 10 TACKLES: Junior defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs led the Alabama defense with a career-best, and team season-high, 10 tackles, including six solo stops. The Crimson Tide shellacked Vanderbilt 59-0 and blasted MS 66-3 in the last two games.

Mond finished 19 of 29 for 237 yards with a touchdown pass and interception, and his Alabama counterpart Jalen Hurts finished 13 of 22 for 123 yards and a touchdown. He's arguably one of the best special teams players in college football. He is fifth in the league in both rushing and pass efficiency.

Stallings was among 28 former members of the 1967 Texas A&M team that were honored Friday night during a ceremony in College Station.

"We wanted to stop the run", Saban said.

Alabama has gotten strong contributions from Hurts (and also his backup, Tua Tagovailoa) in the passing game, but the team's true strength is on the ground.