Players to Watch: Texas A&M

And Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is plenty aware of the challenge.

Without that agonizing second half, which saw UCLA score 35 unanswered points in the last 20 minutes to pull out a 45-44 victory, Texas A&M would be undefeated and probably highly ranked going into Saturday's home game against Alabama.

Are the Tide the best team in the country right now? "He's done a good job with the quarterback runs, and to have that threat of a guy who can run the ball, certainly complements the three really good running backs that they have who can run the ball as well". Alabama is now a 26.5-point favorite against Texas A&M, a team it has beaten four straight times by a combined total of 182-79. The Crimson Tide have generally ended up beating the Aggies, but the hype is always there.

This will be a hard one for Texas A&M. "No matter what happens Saturday, we're playing football the next week". Last week against SC, he completed 19 of 27 attempts for 159 passing yards and added 95 rushing yards on 16 carries.

The degree of difficulty jumps up this week against the Crimson Tide's fearsome front seven - even without defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand, who is out because of an MCL injury suffered last week. Running backs Keith Ford and Trayveon Williams added 70 and 56 yards, respectively.

"Better be able to block 'em and people have had a really, really hard time doing that over the last five weeks", Sumlin said. Though Patterson is noted for escaping pressure and extending plays, the Crimson Tide shut him down - minus-16 rushing yards - in a 66-3 blowout.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, have done exactly what they said they would do with their recruits.

Then Sumlin got more specific than philosophical concerning the man considered the top college coach of his time - or perhaps any time based on the otherwise parity now prevalent in the game. Hurts is better this season at throwing the ball down the field on extended plays.

"Time and winning, and winning over time", Sumlin said this week when asked the keys to Saban's success.

Alabama's football roster lists 11 players from the state of Texas, including quarterback Jalen Hurts from Houston and defensive back Tony Brown from Beaumont.

So far, Hurt has leaned on wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who has 24 catches for 322 yards and a pair of touchdowns. We'll give Texas A&M some respect.

Nick Saban is the one of the greatest coaches of all-time, which means as long as he is on the sideline coaching for The University of Alabama, we should expect the Crimson Tide to be competing for the SEC and National Championships each and every year. They then went on to beat Colorado State and Fresno State the next two weeks before starting SEC play.

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