Happy Thursday, everyone! We’re only two days away from the highly anticipated conference showdown between No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 10 Alabama. A reminder that kickoff for the game is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, which will air on CBS.
Here are two things to know:
- A day after Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis spoke highly of the depth and balance of Alabama’s offense, Alabama coach Nick Saban said the Aggies’ collection of skill player talent is the best the Crimson Tide have had to prepare for all season.
- SEC’s pass efficiency leader Kyle Allen was added to the watch list for the Manning Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top quarterback. The last Aggie to win the award was Johnny Manziel in 2012.
Other Texas A&M news from around the Internet
- Justin Northwest (Texas) offensive tackle Darrell Simpson told Ryan Bartow of 247Sports that his offer from Texas A&M is his “biggest offer right now.” Bartow added that the Aggies stand out to him among other schools because “they’re loving and they care about everybody on the team.” The 6-foot-7, 323-pound class of 2018 prospect also holds offers from Kansas, OSU, Texas Tech and Baylor.
- According to ESPN’s Sharon Katz, the metrics provided by ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Texas A&M a 56 percent chance to beat Alabama for Saturday’s game.
- Police released witness accounts of how former Texas A&M receiver Thomas Johnson allegedly slashed a jogger to death in Dallas.
The best stories around the SEC
- Florida QB Will Grier’s dad writes essay about PED violation
- Alabama DT goes from unranked to top 10 in Todd McShay’s draft rankings
- Les Miles would be surprised if LSU DB doesn’t make his 2015 debut Saturday
- Presidential candidate asked to modify logo that resembles “SEC” emblem
- Nick Saban: Alabama freshman QB is “ill” but out of hospital