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Since there aren't a lot of great topics out there for our beloved Tigers right now, thought I'd chat about a potentially good upcoming game.
I doubt they have much of a shot, but this is a pretty darn good offense, and actually a pretty solid defense.
Compared to the other offenses Alabama has faced, here is where A&M ranks in different categories:
(A&M rank followed by the rankings of the other SEC teams Alabama has faced)
Total offense in conference games:
Texas A&M - #3 in the nation - 551 yards per game
Other opponents - 63, 73, 85, 94, 95, 118.
It's clear that A&M is easily the best offense Alabama has faced. Tennessee had put up some good numbers, but they are #73 nationally in conference game offense.
3rd Down Conversions
Texas A&M - #3 in the nation
other opponents - 28, 61, 67, 68, 89, 116
Again, A&M is clearly the best team Alabama has faced at converting and keeping drives alive...due in large part to Manziel extending plays.
Plays of 20+ yards in conference games
Texas A&M - #1 in the nation
Other opponents - 67, 72, 78, 78, 90, 94
Apparently none of Alabama's previous opponents were much of a threat on "big" plays. A&M is pretty darn good at it.
Defensively, A&M isn't stellar, but they aren't bad. Because of their pace (5th most plays of BCS teams), looking at "yards per game" doesn't tell a lot, as their opponents get off a lot of plays as well (which equals more yards per game typically). But if you look at yards-per-PLAY instead of yards-per-game, A&M is a solid #38 in the country, which would be the 3rd best Alabama has faced.
And just as A&M is very good at 3rd down conversions on offense, they are very good on defense as well. They are 3rd nationally at holding on 3rd downs....that's actually the best in the SEC...yes, even better than Alabama and LSU.
Of course, all of this might mean nothing come Saturday night in front of 100k Saban worshippers, but the numbers do suggest that if the Aggies can manage to not be too rattled on the road, they have the offensive potential to be a threat. I wouldn't' bet that they pull it off, but they have enough chance to make me want to watch.
My wife is an Aggie, so they are naturally my adopted "2nd" team. But given our own plight this year, maybe they are someone we all can get behind. They're at least fun to watch, no doubt about that. Let's hope they are Saturday as well.
PS. Wanna remember what a team looks like after an exciting win? Check out Sumlin pumping up the celebration in the locker room after the come-back win @ Ole Miss.
12th Man TV gives you an exclusive look inside the locker room after Texas A&M's thrilling 30-27 win over Ole Miss in Oxford.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by jadennis 20 months ago
As long as the game is played on the field, anything is possible. bama wins bigtime on paper, but what if aj got hurt? I think bama runs their big backs at them to keep the SEC MVP and his offense off the field. I will hope for the upset and pull for the Aggies!
True...but Alabama's offense has actually been pretty inconsistent a lot of the year.
They are 66th in 1st downs and 50th in 3rd down conversions. Those two numbers aren't a big deal if you are also hitting on big plays to move the ball. But they are 44th in plays of 10+ yards and 62nd in plays of 20+ yards.
That game plan sounds good, but they may not be all that successful at it.
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They are going to beat uat. uat's secondary is not good and we've already seen what a good truer spread team (hello Utah) can do to a 3-4 with linebackers that can't cover in space. We also saw what pace can do to them with Gus. Their dbs got exposed a little against UT, a lot against LSU, and are about to get embarrassed against A&M.
And I have no idea why we don't go after Sumlin as head coach given he was born in Brewton. Interesting that you can have a good defense and play HUNH. Wow.
This post was edited by nujaC 20 months ago
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