Bring on Alabama vs. Texas A&M.
We must wait until Oct. 22 for the monster matchup at Bryant-Denny Stadium. But it’s not too early to dream about what the showdown will mean for the SEC West and the larger college football landscape.
On Sunday morning, ESPN analyst Mark May was asked on SportsCenter if the Aggies (6-0) can beat the Crimson Tide (6-0) in a game that could decide the SEC West title. His response was interesting.
“I don’t think they will, but I think they can,” May said, referring to Texas A&M’s chances to beat Alabama. “I think they’ve got to get healthier. If you saw that game against Tennessee, very physical football game. Lot of players helped off the field. They do have a bye week to help them. Even (Aggies defensive end) Myles Garrett at the end of the game was limping around on the field trying to get to the quarterback, Joshua Dobbs. I thought that was key. That was a great leadership point. You can point out and say, ‘Look, there’s our star out there limping around. He’s still playing.’ “
May is right in that Texas A&M is fortunate to have a bye week to heal after a physical, double-overtime victory against Tennessee on Saturday at Kyle Field. The game was a slugfest, and there’s no doubt the Aggies will enjoy a breather before their huge trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Meanwhile, Alabama must survive a game at Tennessee next Saturday. It will be fascinating to see how the Volunteers recover after suffering their first loss.
Outside of Tennessee fans, who doesn’t want to see both the Aggies and Crimson Tide enter their Oct. 22 showdown unbeaten? Can the countdown end please?