No. 6 TEXAS A&M (6-0, 4-0 in SEC) @ No. 1 ALABAMA (7-0 , 4-0 in SEC)
WHERE: Bryant-Denny Stadium – Tuscaloosa, AL
KICKOFF: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS
LINE: Alabama -18
College Gameday decided to broadcast from the home of the 2015 national champions on Saturday for their SEC West battle with the No. 6 Texas A&M Aggies.
Alabama comes into the top ten match-up as a near unanimous #1 in the AP poll and riding a 19 game winning streak that dates back to their title run in 2015. That 19-game streak includes 11 wins over top 25 opponents; which also includes six games over top ten opponents. Needless to say, the Alabama Crimson Tide machine has kept on rolling through anyone in their path. Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin has also opened up Pandora’s Box and found a star freshman quarterback by the name of Jalen Hurts. Hurts has already altered the Alabama offense in a way that hadn’t been seen in the Nick Saban era. He is a talented runner and statistically has proven his capability of being a solid duel-threat for Kiffin and Saban to unleash on a much improved Aggies defense.
Texas A&M, on the opposite end, has seen a revival under head coach Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin had gone into 2016 possibly on the hot seat after rumors and murmurs of institutional degradation and lack of order. What has transpired so far is quite impressive and also proves the staying power of the Texas A&M program. The real changes that have added to this rise in the Aggies season can be attributed to a much-improved Texas A&M defense. Lead by star defensive end Myles Garrett, the Aggies have risen to 22nd in the country in scoring defense, 13th in sacks, and a very impressive third national rank in tackles for loss. If the Aggies want to maintain their status as a College Football Playoff contender, this defense will have to again prove that their improvements are not a fluke.