Heading into the season, the Texas A&M game against Alabama was set to be one of the best clashes of the year. This was the contest that was circled on the calendar not only for Aggie and Crimson Tide fans, but college football fans in general, as it was meant to be a battle of the top five programs.
Alabama enter Saturday night’s No.1-ranked game but this week Texas A&M came out of the polls. The Aggies have lost their last two games, one to Arkansas at the neutral site’s AT&T Stadium, and then last weekend to Mississippi State at Kyle Field. Alabama, meanwhile, got a little scared in a then-top 10-ranked Florida team, but continued to roll on offense and are strong in defense as well.
When the liner opened last Sunday, Alabama were a 16-point favorite on the road at Kyle Field with an over / under 49.5 points. And that point spread was actually way lower than many people expected. It quickly dropped to 17.5 the next day, then to 18 on Friday.
However, most of the money comes in on game day, so the line saw a lot of movement on Saturday morning after more punters entered the fray. While many believe it will be a very convincing Crimson Tide victory, Alabama are now favored by 19 Saturday as the kickoff approaches. The plus / minus is 50.5 points.
This week, national media unanimously predicted that Alabama would cover the 17.5 point line, as every outlet that released a prediction followed the tide against the spread. That’s not overwhelmingly surprising given the Aggies’ struggles up front. In games against Power 5 opponents this year, Texas A&M has scored just four TDs in total.
The Aggies will seek to play spoiler, however. Alabama Head Coach Nick saban called the contest a potential “trap game” for the tide. Head Coach Aggie Jimbo Fisher Also looking to become Saban’s first former assistant to defeat the Alabama coach.
Texas A&M is struggling with injuries, however, and it was announced this week that the veteran cornerbacks Myles jones and Brian george were absent for the remainder of the season. The offensive line, which had already lost four starters to one of the best units in the country a year ago, has also seen a number of players run out of time. Each of the past two weeks, two real freshmen have started on the line.
Texas A&M (3-2, 0-2 SEC) and No.1 Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) will kick off at 7:00 p.m. Central Saturday night at Kyle Field in a game sold out for nearly a month already. It will air nationally on CBS.