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What others are saying about Alabama vs. Texas A&M

Alabama’s Damion Square (92) chases after Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (2). (Copyright photo by Gary Cosby Jr. of The Decatur Daily)

Alabama’s 29-24 loss to Texas A&M drew several from outside the South. We’re giving you a sample of what they wrote:

ESPN.com
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Hey, Texas A&M. The Southeastern Conference called. And bring your playbook.

You may have Johnny Football, the most exciting player in college football since RG took his III to the NFL, and you may have proved everyone wrong about your ability to compete in the toughest league in the game. But you also may have ended the SEC’s streak of six consecutive BCS championships.

To put it in terms you may understand in your part of Texas, they don’t cotton to that around here.

No. 15 Texas A&M stunned No. 1 Alabama 29-24, and the Aggies may have to rename themselves the Trojan Horses.

“You trying to make me the villain?” Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin asked. “Well, there’s 120 other teams that are happy. No one is going to ask me anymore if we deserve to be here.”

CBSsports.com
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The “Roll Tide” chants inside Bryant-Denny Stadium in the fourth quarter were loud enough to wake up Alabama football ghosts from Birmingham to Montgomery.

Surely Alabama was still going to win. Had to. It’s science. SEC normalcy. As expected as grown men in jerseys and jeans in the stands on Saturdays.

Down with eight minutes left, no problem. AJ McCarron would orchestrate The Drive, Part Deux and the Tide defense would get a stop. This is the monster Nick Saban had created, after all.

But Texas A&M had something stronger, a potent concoction that flipped college football’s most powerful league on its head for a day and left an elite defense wondering what the heck just happened.

Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24.

No huddle 1, Nick Saban 0.

Houston Chronicle
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – You could argue that Texas A&M has earned more important victories than it did Saturday in its 128 years of playing college football. That’s a lot of history.
 
Maybe some victories were more important during the Aggies’ undefeated seasons of 1917 or ’19 or ’27 or, certainly, of ’39, when they were undisputed national champions. Or maybe in 1957, when they were regaining national prominence with running back John David Crow becoming the university’s only Heisman Trophy winner. Or maybe you could even argue the 1999 victory over Texas was more important from an emotional standpoint, coming a few days after a tragic bonfire accident, with even the Longhorns band playing “Amazing Grace” to honor the 12 who died.
 
But you couldn’t argue it on Saturday.
 
Memorable play after memorable play came down to one play that will never be forgotten in Aggies lore, an interception by sophomore defensive back Deshazor Everett on fourth-and-goal from the Texas A&M 2-yard line with 1:36 remaining.
 
That preserved the Aggies’ 29-24 victory over Alabama, the nation’s No. 1 team, proving without question that Texas A&M is not out of its league in inarguably college football’s best league, the Southeastern Conference, and elevating a local legend into national prominence as quarterback Johnny “Football” Manziel, a mere freshman, scrambled onto the short list of Heisman candidates.
 
Even Paul “Bear” Bryant would have had to appreciate this game.

Sports Illustrated
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In July, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin stood behind a lectern at a hotel about an hour’s drive from Bryant-Denny Stadium and tried to maintain his patience as reporter after reporter asked him how scared the Aggies were of diving into the shark tank of the SEC. OK, they didn’t ask quite so directly. But the line of questioning was consistent.

Do you have to make any adjustments going against the SEC defenses?

What is your assessment of playing in the SEC West this year, especially with this division producing the last three BCS national champions?

Even in the midst of you playing against Alabama, LSU, Arkansas, this is your first year in the SEC. What are your realistic expectations this season?

After Sumlin bearhugged his players Saturday to celebrate Texas A&M shocking top-ranked Alabama with a 29-24 win that will echo far beyond the SEC, he should have readdressed those questions. These would have been his answers had someone magically stripped him of the ability to use coachspeak.

The Eagle of College Station, Texas
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A goal-line stand punctuated by Deshazor Everett’s interception gave 15th-ranked Texas A&M a 29-24 victory Saturday over top-ranked Alabama in one of the biggest wins in school history.

A&M, making its first trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium as a member of the Southeastern Conference, jumped to a 20-0 lead, but needed a goal-line stand to hold on as Alabama threatened to take the lead on a 54-yard reception by Kenny Bell to the A&M 6.

The Aggie defense stiffened, forcing a fourth-and-goal from the 2. Everett cut in front of the intended receiver for the interception and A&M was able to run out the final 96 seconds with the help of Alabama jumping offsides with A&M in punt formation punt with 40 seconds left.

The loss probably cost Alabama (9-1, 6-1) a chance to defend its national championship.

The New York Times
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — At some point Saturday, the glare was supposed to be too much for the Texas A&M Aggies, the new arrivals in the Southeastern Conference, who were not supposed to be ready for the ferociousness of this kind of SEC road game. It was Alabama’s top-rated defense against this phenomenon called Johnny Football, and surely the Aggies would compete for a quarter or two, and then go away once their redshirt freshman quarterback, Johnny Manziel, had his face mask shoved into the turf at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Manziel, a target throughout the second half for Alabama’s blitzing defense, did not crumble under a pile of anxiety before 101,821 frothing fans, and neither did the rest of his team. Instead he accounted for 345 yards rushing and passing, and the Texas A&M defense, shredded in the second half, made a goal-line stop with 1 minute 36 seconds to play as the 15th-ranked Aggies stunned No. 1 Alabama, 29-24.

Texas A&M improved to 8-2 over all and 5-2 in the SEC, and the only losses in its first season in the conference were by 3 points to Florida and by 5 to Louisiana State. All along this season, the Aggies were expected to be fodder for the rest of the SEC, but now they are the rude newcomers who might have ended the conference’s run of six straight national titles. Alabama (9-1, 6-1) got to the national title game with one loss last season, but this year the Crimson Tide will need considerable help, with Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame still unbeaten and the season winding down.

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The costly offsides call that Saban had warned about

Remember Thursday when Nick Saban discussed how Texas A&M likes to use a little trickery to draw opponents offsides?

He said the Aggies will use a “hard count” to get the defense to commit an offsides penalty. It happened late in Saturday’s 29-24 loss to Texas A&M.

It happened when the Aggies were lined up to punt on fourth-and-one from their own 13. The official statistics provided by Alabama credit Tyler Hayes with the penalty.

“We had an opportunity at the end of the game on fourth-and-two at the 2-yard line, and we also had an opportunity to get the ball back with about 35 seconds left in the game with pretty good field position,” Saban said. “We jumped offsides on a hard count which is something that you most certainly expect in a situation like that. The players were told ‘make sure you stay onsides, they are going to try to get you to jump offsides with a shift or a motion or something.’ ”

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Alabama’s last offensive series

Texas A&M defensive back Deshazor Everett (29) intercepts a pass in front of Alabama’s Kenny Bell (7). (AP photo by Dave Martin)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Here’s how the Tide’s last offensive series went in Saturday’s 29-24 loss to Texas A&M:

1-10, UA 40, AJ McCarron to Kenny Bell for 54 yards
1-goal, TAMU 6, McCarron rush over left tackle for no gain
2-goal, TAMU 6, Eddie Lacy rush over left end for 1 yards
3-goal, TAMU 5, McCarron rush up the middle for 3 yards
4-goal, TAMU 2, McCarron pass to right intercepted by Deshazor Everett

Now here’s the story:

Afterward, Nick Saban was asked if he thought about running the ball on the fourth down play.

“If we would have run it you would be asking me why we didn’t throw it,” Saban said.

Saban added, “We didn’t get the play executed. I’m not going to criticize the call, but I’m like everybody else when it doesn’t work, I wish we would have done something else.”

AJ McCarron said the play was designed to run quickly.

“It’s a one-hit wonder,” he said. “On three steps, I throw it. The guy got underneath and got it.”

McCarron thought the previous play was a big missed opportunity.

As the Crimson Tide faced third-and-goal at the Texas A&M 5, McCarron dropped back to pass but ended up scrambling. He got tripped up as he headed toward the end zone, and the Aggies’ Dustin Harris hit him head on and dropped him at the 2-yard line.

“I thought I was going to score there,” McCarron said. “If that guy hadn’t tripped me up, I think I would have.”

On the next play, Alabama ran a quick out.

“That is a play that we worked on,” Saban said. “It was a pick play. They were in man-to-man. The guy that had the first guy is the guy who took the guy in the flats. They kind of pushed it off. We didn’t execute the pick well enough and didn’t get the play executed.”

When Tide running back Eddie Lacy, who had a team-high 92 yards on 16 carries, was asked if he wished a running play had been called, he said, “I’m pretty sure anybody who had the ball would wish that. It is what it is.”

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Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin’s postgame comments

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin after the Aggies won 29-24. (AP photo by Dave Martin)

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin‘s comments at his news conference after Saturday’s 29-24 win over Alabama:

On what it is like seeing everybody after the game: “It is exciting. There’s a lot of work that goes into that and a lot of emotion. I said on the field afterwards, I am happiest for the seniors and the experienced players that have been through a lot in their career. You think about it, they came to Texas A&M and probably never thought about playing at Alabama for a regular season game, and being a conference football game. To come in here and play them with them being number one in the country, and us being a part of the conference, it is just a tribute to those guys. They bought into what we ask them to do and then they went out and executed and lead our football team. I am happiest for them because they have been through a lot with coaching changes and close football games. To go on the road and win like that for those guys, it will be moment they will never forget.”

On how this compares to some of the other great victories in his career: “It is big, for us and our first year in the league, we haven’t talked a lot about it. We are the new guys coming in and we have to prove ourselves and we have to continue to prove ourselves week in and week out. I said all week, ‘we have gotten a little bit better every week.’ The past two weeks we have played pretty well on the road and our guys are playing with a lot of confidence. For these guys and this group and what they have accomplished in 10 weeks. From the spring and all the changes they have been through, it is a big deal.”

On whether this could be one of the biggest wins in school history: “I can’t say that it is that, we just got here. You have to check back to see what has happened. Coming into this year, I think the attitude around our program has changed certainly from the spring, to the summer, to the first part of the year. On Monday, I said early that these guys had played well enough to put us in a position to play meaningful football games in November. If you can do that, particularly with the first year in the program and guys start to build confidence, things like this happen. We have still got some games to play and who knows. These guys are enjoying playing football right now, whether we are at home or away. They play with a lot of confidence. And like I said, I think our seniors had a lot to do with that.”

On whether he envisioned things like this happening when he took the job: “I don’t know, as a coach you always think that you are going to be able to win. We said from the beginning, and everybody kind of laughed, I didn’t know we were going into the SEC when I took the job, we knew that. There’s a lot things that go into a win like this, particularly on the road. We are a different team in week 10 than we were week one, particularly with the young guys in critical positions handling the ball, from wide receivers to kickers. But, our seniors, like I said, are the ones I am happiest with. They are in the locker room and when there is a change and things like that, the quicker you have the buy-in from the experienced players, the quicker you can have success. That’s why we owe a lot to them.”.

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Alabama coach Nick Saban’s opening comment

Nick Saban after Saturday’s loss. (AP photo by Dave Martin)

After Saturday’s 29-24 loss to Texas A&M, this is how Nick Sabanbegan his postgame news conference:

“First of all, you have to really congratulate Texas A&M. They played a tremendous game and certainly outplayed us in the game today. Their offense is a very difficult offense to stop. We didn’t start out very well defensively, giving up 20 points the first three times they had ball.

“We probably dug a ditch that we couldn’t quite dig out of. You have to give them a lot of credit. We didn’t play our best game today and we didn’t execute the way that we needed to execute. That starts with me. I take full responsibility for not having our team ready to do the things that they needed to do to have a chance to be successful in this game. We really had a lot of undisciplined missed assignments.

“We didn’t play with the kind of discipline that you have to play with, especially against their quarterback, whether it’s pass rush lanes or executions of pressures or whatever it might be. Going 0-7 in the beginning of the game on third downs kept every one of their drives alive, which lead to points. We played better as the game went on, but we still didn’t make the plays that we needed to make.

“We had an opportunity at the end of the game on fourth and two at the two-yard line, and we also had an opportunity to get the ball back with about 35 seconds left in the game with pretty good field position. We jumped offsides on a hard count which is something that you most certainly expect in a situation like that. The players were told ‘make sure you stay onsides, they are going to try to get you to jump offsides with a shift or a motion or something.’

“The players are disappointed. There are a lot of lessons to be learned here relative to what we can do and what we didn’t do, and if we are making the progress we need to make. This team can still accomplish a lot. We have two games left. Everyone needs to recommit themselves to playing a little better. We need to be a little more consistent and be somebody that they can trust us to put them in a good situation and we (as coaches) can trust them that they are going to go do that and execute it the way you need to in order to have a chance to be successful as a team.

“Two of the three national championship teams that I’ve coached both lost a game. This team still has an opportunity to win the West, go to the SEC Championship Game and have a chance to win the championship game. There is still a lot for this team to play for, and a lot for them to set their mind to and recommit themselves to. This team has really done a good job all year long and worked hard. I was really concerned about this week. We seemed like we were a little bit out of gas.

“Texas A&M is a really good team and they played really well. Their quarterback is a fantastic player. He obviously made some plays that were great plays out there. You have to have a tremendous amount of discipline to play against a guy like that. There were times when we didn’t quite get it done the way we’d like to. Our players will recommit themselves and do the things that they need to do to in order to finish the season the right way, and hopefully have an opportunity to accomplish something of significance with this particular team.”

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Alabama-Texas A&M halftime bits and pieces.

Bryant-Denny Stadium at the start of today’s game.

No. 1-ranked Alabama trails No. 15 Texas A&M 20-14 at halftime, and here are some bits and pieces for those of you who are watching the game courtesy of CBS.

Johnny Manziel has rushed for 82 yards on nine carries and completed 15 of 16 passes for 118 yards. The only incompletion was a deep ball that was overthrown.

–Texas A&M has converted 7 of 8 on third down.

AJ McCarron‘s interception streaked at 291 straight. That’s short of the SEC record set by Kentucky’s Andre Woodson, who threw 325 straight without an interception.

Eddie Lacy has 68 yards on nine carries for Alabama.

–Until today, Alabama’s largest deficit of the year was three points last week against LSU.

Amari Cooper has four catches for 32 yards after an ankle injury limited him last week against LSU. He played little and didn’t catch a pass in that game.

–Alabama’s leading tacklers are Dee Milliner and C.J. Mosley with eight each.

–Alabama invited men who played at Texas A&M for Bear Bryant to today’s game, and 24 accepted. The group included former Alabama assistant coaches Bobby Marks, Dee Powell and John David Crowe. Also, there was Gene Stallings, who received the loudest ovation.

–Alabama invited its former first-team All-Americans for a pregame reception and introduced them before the game. Running back Trent Richardson received the biggest ovation, but the crowd showered plenty of cheers on Johnny Musso, Jay Barker and Shaun Alexander. Antonio Langham received a nice ovation, too.

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NFL’s greatest lineman gives a nod to Saban, Barrett Jones

Former Alabama offensive lineman John Hannah does an interview at the First-team All-America reception before Saturday’s game.

NFL Hall of Fame offensive lineman John Hannah played for Bear Bryant at Alabama and said nobody could top his old coach at most anything to do with football.

But Hannah said current Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban does have one edge.

“One thing Saban does better than Coach Bryant is recruit,” Hannah said. “I’ve never seen a stable full of recruits like he gets. I don’t see how he does it. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Hannah attended Saturday’s game as part of Alabama honoring all of its first-team All-Americans. The group had a reception before the game in the Crimson Tide’s A-Day suites.

Hannah also has great respect for Alabama center Barrett Jones. When Hannah played at Alabama during 1969-72, he spent two years at tackle and two more at guard when the Tide switched to the wishbone offense. Guard is the position where he became an All-Pro for the New England Patriots. But Jones has played tackle, guard and center.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Hannah, who lives in Priceville. “In today’s NFL game with limited number of players, that could make him valuable. I don’t see how he does it.

“All the angles are different at each position. You block one way at tackle, another way at guard and a different way at center. And he does it all well.”

That’s a heady compliment coming from Hannah. During his career with New England, which lasted from 1973-85, Sports Illustrated published a cover story proclaiming Hannah as the game’s greatest offensive lineman.

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Texas A&M fans visiting two spots in particular outside Bryant-Denny Stadium

Texas A&M fans pose with the Bear Bryant statue outside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Fans from both Alabama and Texas A&M are enjoying the connection between their two schools today outside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

It’s fun to see how many Texas A&M fans are getting their pictures taken with the Bear Bryant and Gene Stallings statues. They bypass the Nick Saban statue completely but make sure to stop for Bryant and Stallings — two men who coached at both schools.

I haven’t seen this many opposing fans on gameday do this. Well, that’s not counting some Mississippi State fans, and they choose to do it at night when nobody is around.

We’ve published this before, but just in case, here’s the list of former Alabama coaches who also served as Texas A&M’s head football coach: Bryant (1954-57 at A&M, 1958-82 at Alabama), Stallings (1965-71 at A&M, 1990-96 at Alabama), Dennis Franchione (2001-02 at Alabama, 2003-07 at Texas A&M) and D.V. “Tubby” Graves (1911-14 at Alabama, 1918 at Texas A&M).

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Alabama vs. Texas A&M, game analysis

No. 15 Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2) at No. 1 Alabama (9-0, 6-0)

When: 2:30 p.m., today
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Line: Alabama by 13.5
TV: CBS

Four-down territory
1. Common coaches: Four men have served as head football coaches at both Alabama and Texas A&M, including Paul “Bear” Bryant (1953-57 at A&M, 1958-82 at Alabama), Gene Stallings (1965-71 at A&M, 1990-96 at Alabama), Dennis Franchione (2001-02 at Alabama, 2003-07 at Texas A&M) and D.V. “Tubby” Graves (1911-14 at Alabama, 1918 at Texas A&M). Graves actually was better known in athletics as a baseball coach. After leaving Texas A&M and coaching for a short stint at Montana State, he was an assistant football coach, assistant basketball coach and head baseball coach at Washington in 1922-46. Washington later played at a baseball field named for him.

2. Running the ball: Texas A&M leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks 10th nationally with about 251 rushing yards a game. Alabama, however, is second in the nation against the run, allowing only 66 yards a game. The Aggies have struggled against two other top run defenses they’ve faced this year, compiling 134 against both Florida and LSU. Florida is 10th in the country against the run, while LSU is 12th.

3. No rest for the weary: Today marks Texas A&M’s 10th game in 10 weeks and fifth road game in six weeks. It wasn’t scheduled this way. The season opener at Louisiana Tech was postponed because of Hurricane Isaac and was moved to Oct. 13, which was between a game at Ole Miss and a game at LSU. There’s no break after today, although the opponents aren’t as tough. A&M must play Sam Houston State at home next week and Missouri at home the week after that.

4. Fast starts: Texas A&M has gotten off to fast starts recently. In the Aggies’ last four games (Louisiana Tech, LSU, Auburn and Mississippi State), they’ve outscored their opponents 65-0 in the first quarter. Alabama hasn’t exactly hesitated out of the gate, either. The Tide has outscored its opponents 104-6 in the first quarter of its nine games this year.

Key matchup
Alabama cornerbacks Dee Milliner and Deion Belue vs. Texas A&M receivers Mike Evans and Ryan Swope: Both Milliner and Belue struggled at times against LSU. Milliner is third nationally with 15 passes defended but didn’t have one against the Bengal Tigers. Belue gave up a touchdown. They’ll face a tough duo in Evans, a 6-foot-5 freshman, and Swope, a 6-0 senior. Both have three 100-yard receiving games this year. Evans has 56 catches and Swope 45. Auburn limited them to 11 combined catches but they gained 220 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.

Player of the week
Adrian Hubbard, LB, So., 6-6, 248: Although he usually makes his bigges contribution as a pass rusher, Hubbard had a career-high 12 tackles in Saturday’s 21-17 win over LSU, including 2.5 for losses. He added a 7-yard sack in the second quarter, forcing the Bengal Tigers to punt. He was in on the tackle when Alabama stopped a fourth-and-one play in the fourth quarter.

By the Numbers
4: How many times Alabama and Texas A&M have met. Alabama won regular-season games in 1985 and ’88 and the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1942. The Aggies won the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1968.

22: How many teams the Crimson Tide has beaten since the start of the 2008 season that were ranked in The Associated Press Top 25.

166: The number of yards T.J. Yeldon needs to tie Terry Grant‘s 2007 school freshman rushing yards set in 2007. Grant had 891, and Yeldon has 725.

6: The number of times Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has won Southeastern Conference freshman of the week honors.

Prediction
Although Nick Saban complains about fast-paced, up-tempo offenses that feature the passing game, his Crimson Tide actually defends that type of team fairly well. Alabama had trouble with LSU’s power attack. Manziel will run for some yards and complete some passes, but he probably will turn over the ball a couple of times, and in the end, will he really put that many points on the board? Alabama 30, Texas A&M 16.

Alabama offers Aggies a challenge they haven’t faced yet

Alabama’s Nick Perry (27) and Adrian Hubbard (42) make a tackle against LSU. (AP photo by Bill Haber)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Texas A&M has scored 48 or more points five times this season, but now the Aggies must play the Southeastern Conference’s top defense.

On the road. When it’s riled up after its worst performance of the year.

Top-ranked Alabama will try to get its defense back to its dominating ways today when the Tide hosts the Aggies. The Tide gave up a season-high 435 yards in last week’s 21-17 win over LSU, and Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury figures Alabama’s defense isn’t the type to give up that kind of production often.

“What’s remarkable is that they lost basically an entire NFL team last year and they came back this year and are No. 1 and are the No. 1 scoring defense in the nation with nine points a game,” Kingsbury said. “It just says volumes about the coaches and what they do with recruiting and schematically. Their schemes are great and they have great athletes.”

In Texas A&M’s first season in the Southeastern Conference, the Aggies score more points and gains more yards than anybody else in the league. They hammered South Carolina State for 70 points. Auburn gave up 63 to these guys. They hung 58 on Arkansas.

But Alabama is different. Those teams don’t have defenses that have produced like the Crimson Tide’s has. Alabama ranks second nationally in total defense, and nobody can top the Tide’s average of 9.1 points allowed a game.

Still, Alabama coach Nick Saban said that doesn’t make this week any easier. Texas A&M has gotten off to fast starts offensively lately, and that’s something he wants to avoid today.

“The uptempo probably gets people on their heels a little bit,” He said. “It’s hard to simulate the tempo that they play with in practice. I think that that’s probably one of the most difficult things that the defense has to adjust to. They do a good job. They’ve got a really good offensive concept and they do a really good job of executing it.”

Saban said the toughest part of the Aggies’ offense is its balance. They don’t rely completely on throwing the ball around the field. In fact, Texas A&M leads the SEC in rushing.

“They’ve got balance run and pass, and they make a ton of big plays,” he said. “It’s going to be important that we get our players lined up and playing what you have to defend, which is the quarterback scramble, a very good passing game and ability to run the ball. That’s a lot of keys — a lot of discipline, eye-control in this game.”

In Alabama’s win over LSU, the Tide struggled to stop the Tigers on third down. LSU converted 10 third-down plays into first downs. That has provided a bit of motivation for this week.

“It was very frustrating not to get off the field on third down,” Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix said. “We made some mental errors, corrected that, and now we’ll move forward from that.”

Texas A&M already has faced two of the SEC’s top defenses. The Aggies struggled offensively against Florida in the season opener, losing 20-17. Three weeks ago, they fell 24-19 against LSU, again having trouble moving the ball.

But Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said his team and freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel aren’t the same as they were then, especially the Florida game.

“We certainly have more offense at our disposal now than we had against Florida,” Sumlin said. “It’s just growth, number one. Number two, it is the comfort level and Johnny being able to handle it. Just because you put up a play, you better have some answers for it.

“Defenses in this league are pretty complex. It’s not necessarily what you think you can handle as a coach but what your players can handle. In year one, 10 weeks in, I think we’ve progressed pretty well.”

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