Texas A&M has one of the most prideful fan bases in the country. The “12th Man” is a huge deal in College Station, and new additions to Kyle Field (seating capacity: 102,733) have made A&M one of the nation’s toughest places to play.
Alabama escaped with a 41-23 win this past Saturday, but coach Nick Saban said the fans gave A&M a huge advantage.
“You talk about loud,” he said during his Thursday night radio show. “You talk about affecting the game. I mean, their fans really did affect the game, and it says a lot about our players to keep their poise and focus.”
Saban said College Station was unique.
“You know, this is the first place we’ve played for a long, long time, that we never got booed when we came out,” he said. “First place. I’m telling ya. It’s a really nice facility. They had 105,000 people. And they cheered their tail off for their team. And they made it hard for us to play.”
The coach even threw a slight jab at the folks in Tuscaloosa.
“I hope our fans can hear this,” he said, “because this is the kind of place we should be.”