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Texas A&M vs. Alabama Pick – NCAAF Week 8

The Texas A&M Aggies and Alabama Crimson Tide meet in a clash of elite programs in the SEC. The Aggies have settled into the SEC nicely over the last few years and are proving they can be a competitive team in what argue is the best conference in college football. This matchup always reminds me of Johnny Manziel when he was at his best. It was the limelight of Johnny Football’s career, which came to an end with a thump with the Cleveland Browns. He actually showed some flashes of what he could be in his final season in the NFL, but he didn’t want to put in the work to become a better quarterback. Current A&M quarterback, Trevor Knight, is a Oklahoma transfer who will be meeting up with Alabama for the second time in his career.

I am sure Nick Saban remembers who Trevor Knight is, after he sliced through the Alabama defense en route to a 45-31 victory. Knight had a day on Alabama who looked worse than ever in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. He passed for 348 yards with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception to make for the best effort a quarterback had against their defense all season long. The only two guys that have really done big damage against Alabama in recent memory has been Manziel and Knight, who now could be the second Aggie to disrupt their defense. He already did it as a Sooner, and now his sights are set on doing it with Texas A&M.

Knight is a perfect fit for the Texas A&M offense. Similar to the mold of Manziel, Knight is a scrambler who can also pass the ball. He won’t be hoisting the Heisman like Manziel did, but he has been a pretty decent addition for A&M. However, he hasn’t been spectacular, but then again, Knight never looked spectacular for the Sooners before he embarrassed them. To have any chance against the Alabama defense, a mobile quarterback is needed.

A pocket passer is not going to work, simply because, the fierce Crimson Tide pass rush will get to the quarterback. Knight is a guy who can roll out and make a play by improvising. The Aggies are coming off a bye, following a win over Tennessee, where Knight ran for 110 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. He’s already rushed for 9 touchdowns, which are the kind of tools to find room on the Alabama defensive unit. We’ll see if it comes to fruition, in this critical meeting between the Texas A&M Aggies and Alabama Crimson Tide.

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Alabama Crimson Tide NCAAF Betting Odds:

Spread:
Texas A&M +17.5(-110)
vs. Alabama -17.5(-110)

Total:
Over 60(-110)
Under 60(-110)

Odds provided by Bovada.lv

Texas A&M vs. Alabama Pick:

In college football, there is Alabama and then everybody else. I profess that the gap between Alabama and the rest of the country is pretty staggering. The way they’re playing now, if the college football started, they would be the clear favorites to win it all. This will still probably be the case in two months when the picture is clearer. As 17.5 favorites, the lines makers aren’t giving Texas A&M that much of a chance to win here. I think the line is pretty accurate with the game in Alabama. The Crimson Tide have an offense who can accumulate the yards and points with ease.

Offense is no problem for Alabama, who have notoriously been a team who just wins by way of a strong defense. If the defense isn’t having a good day, the offense is more than capable of picking up the slack. Alabama starting quarterback Jalen Hurts has been playing at a high level as a freshman. Not many first-year players have the ability to play mistake free football, but Hurts been seeing things on the field most freshmen don’t. He has passed for 1,385 yards with 9 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Hurts has also chipped in with 5 touchdowns rushing.

Alabama are 6th with 45.4 points scored per game. They can punish opposing teams on the ground. There they are 4th in the nation with 265.7 yards per game. The Aggies are scoring themselves, scoring an average of 40.2 points per game. Knight should be able to get something going for the Aggies. Alabama should be able to hit the high 30’s to low 40’s in this game at home. Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin will have something up his sleeve in this one. 41-24 in favor of Alabama looks dead on. The spread is going to be one of those that comes down to the final minute with the potential for a backdoor. I think the safe play is to just take the OVER in this SEC showdown.

PICK: OVER 60 POINTS (-110)