Kevin Sumlin doesn’t often think back on Texas A&M 2012 victory over Alabama.
He was asked about it on Wednesday’s SEC teleconference, saying that it may only be a talking point among fans at this point.
“I don’t know that it comes up with recruiting or anything I do day-to-day.” Sumlin said.
Should the Aggies upset No. 1 Alabama this Saturday in Tuscaloosa, there’s no doubt that the victory will be a talking point for weeks to come.
Like Texas A&M, Alabama comes into Saturday’s contest with an undefeated record with its closest game being a five-point victory over Ole Miss.
Other than that contest, which the Tide let up some points late, Alabama has outscored the rest of its 270-62 this season. That includes a 49-10 win over Tennessee last week, an opponent the Aggies needed double overtime to top.
But this isn’t Sumlin’s first time going up against Alabama, and it’s the circumstances are much of the same. Texas A&M has gotten off to a hot start like in year’s past, Alabama is one of the nation’s top teams and it’s a game that’s been talked about all week.
Since coming to Texas A&M in 2012, Sumlin holds a 1-4 record against Nick Saban and Alabama.
But what can he take from those previous contests to help his team prepare for Saturday’s big game?
“Every team is different. Every game is different. I think motivation for certain teams is different. There all different,” Sumlin said. “Where your team is from a maturity standpoint, I think you handle different things. They are all different. The more of them you’ve been in you obviously know what it looks like.
“Whether it’s this or national championship games at Oklahoma or big games as an assistant coach and head coach. The more of those you are in, the more comfortable you are in these experiences. But everything is different. You have to have a good feel for your team. And what motivates them and be consistent with that. And if your team has been motivated by certain things throughout the year there is no reason to change.”
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Sumlin on this year’s Crimson Tide squad… “Offensively their identity’s different, but they’re effective,” Sumlin said. “I think Lane (Kiffin) has done a great of transitioning what they’re doing offensively. Giving Jalen (Hurts) a chance to be a really, really effective quarterback. They’re using a lot of RPO stuff and quarterback reads. That’s probably the biggest difference, schematically. Defensively, they’re really, really strong up front. A really dynamic and talented defense. They score plenty of points all kinds of ways. I think that is a credit to Nick (Saban) being able to change philosophically to the players that he has, because they’ve got dynamic players. Having a mobile quarterback, and they’re ability to use him, that’s probably the biggest difference.”