Speaking with the media Wednesday ahead of the upcoming Texas A&M game, Saban was asked if he had any specific plans involving players who hail from the Houston area, which is where Hurricane Harvey went through in August. I was not expecting an absolute blowout like Alabama had handed Vanderbilt and Ole Miss over the past two weeks.
Alabama's running backs ran through the Aggie run defense like a hot knife through butter in the second quarter, rushing for a whopping 112 yards. The Alabama signal caller has now played six games in 2017 without committing a single turnover, although Robert Foster's fumble in the third frame was the team's first giveaway of the campaign. Prior to quarterback Deondre Francois going down at the end of the game, the Crimson Tide were still handling Jimbo Fisher's team and ultimately knocked off a top competitor that day.
The Crimson Tide defense stood its ground there before the Aggies' Daniel LaCamera nailed a career-high 52-yard field goal.
Freshman Kellen Mond is undoubtedly Texas A&M's quarterback of the future - near and distant. The show had interviews with Dave Eubank, founder of the Free Burma Rangers, along with the Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman, who has covered Texas A&M football for almost three decades.
Perhaps what upsets Saban the most is that he believes the praise his players received from those two games led to Saturday's letdown.
The Aggies had the second-best offense in the SEC behind Alabama, at least statistically, and it showed when the clock ran out and Alabama walked away with a 27-19 victory.
"Kellen's got some throws that he'd like to have back, but I think we're not in the position at the end of the game to onside kick and do some things if he doesn't play the way he has down the stretch", Sumlin said. Here are three things we learned on Saturday night.
COLLEGE STATION-The Aggies (4-2) played host to top-ranked Alabama (6-0) in their toughest matchup of the season. Quarterback Jalen Hurts led Alabama with 101 rushing yards, while still passing for 197 and a pair of touchdowns. Not every game is going to be like that. "That's not how good teams play". Damien Harris, once again, made his mark.
But Alabama couldn't move the ball and had to punt out of the end zone.
However, the Crimson Tide defense came up with the deciding plays on the Aggies' ensuing possession.
Stallings, who also coached the Crimson Tide from 1990-1996, is still recovering after a heart attack last Friday that required the 82-year-old be put on a ventilator and have a stent put in. "They run the ball very effectively, and they've got really good running backs".
Even before Calvin Ridley went out with an injury, the Tide needed a No. 2 receiver to come to the fore.
Alabama is wary of Texas A&M's Christian Kirk as both a receiver and a return man. Kirk burned the Tide for a 68-yard touchdown on a punt return two years ago. Sophomore Trayveon Williams, electric in his own right, has been slowed the last couple of games by a bum ankle.