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Alabama vs. Texas A&M: Game Preview With TV Schedule

Texas A&M

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The Texas A&M Aggies are one of the top teams in the nation in 2013. Behind Kevin Sumlin and controversial quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Aggies have a good chance of competing for a national title this season. Entering week three with a 2-0 record, there’s no way this team won’t give the Alabama Crimson Tide a run for their money in a crucial SEC showdown.

On the other side of the field, the Crimson Tide are out for revenge after losing last year at home to the Aggies — their only blemish on the season. Nick Saban will surely have his team ready to take care of business when they enter the hostile environment that is Texas A&M.

Texas A&M has an explosive offense behind the arm of Manziel. The Aggie quarterback has 497 yards, six touchdowns and a 69 percent completion rate so far this season — all while playing less than a half in week one. Running back Ben Malena leads a solid rushing attack with 173 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.

AJ McCarron leads a strong Alabama offense. However, during the first game of the year, McCarron did not have a very successful go of things. The senior QB threw for just 110 yards on 10-23 passing and a touchdown. The offense was not impressive in week one, but with T.J. Yeldon and Amari Cooper as weapons at running back and wide out, respectively, this team will be more than okay.

Defensively, the Alabama Crimson Tide had the best unit in the nation a year ago in nearly every major defensive category. They allowed just 10 points and 212 yards in week one — although they were out-gained in yards. Texas A&M’s defense has been anything but solid this season, allowing nearly 30 points per game against lesser opponents. Also being out-gained in yards by the Rice Owls.

Alabama will travel to Texas A&M to take on the Aggies at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. The game will be broadcasted on CBS.

PREDICTION: Alabama 34, Texas A&M 30

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Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.