Alabama football wants 'business trip' to Texas A&M



Alabama has defeated its last two SEC opponents by a combined score of 125-3.

The Aggies play up front along the offensive line has been pretty important over the last month and will prove pivotal against the Crimson Tide who ranks second nationally in rush defense allowing less than 74 yards per game.

A&M is 48-22 under Sumlin, but has yet to finish in the top two of the SEC West in his five previous seasons.

The Alabama coach was addressing the media about their upcoming game against Texas A&M this Saturday when he was asked about plans for this weekend's road trip for players from the Houston area. Payne set a career high last week with seven tackles against Ole Miss, and is now tied for the team lead in tackles with 23, most of which have come against the run. Fitzpatrick is tied for the team lead in tackles with 23 and is credited with breaking up three passes.

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2016? The Aggies came in 6-0 and held the lead in the 3rd quarter in a vicious game before crumbling in a 33-14 loss.

The Aggie defense has also proven to be much better against the run than in past years, giving up less than 96 yards a game so far.

This will be a hard one for Texas A&M.

That's what made his press conference on Wednesday a bit unusual.

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Alabama's defense faces a test from Texas A&M's speedy Kellen Mond, but the Crimson Tide knows what it's like to see an elusive quarterback. He didn't account for a touchdown, but led the Aggies in rushing with 95 yards and passed for 159.

"(Hurts) is really risky as a quarterback, but when he puts it down and runs is when good things happen for them and bad things happen for the other team", Sumlin said. He does it from his wide out position, as a runner and on special teams. That's for sure. And if history repeats itself, that may just be the Crimson Tide.

"They're going to hear from everybody walking around that this is a different week when reality is it's not", Sumlin said. Running backs Keith Ford and Trayveon Williams added 70 and 56 yards, respectively. As long as Alabama can avoid upset by anyone on their schedule, look for the Tide to return to the National Championship Game yet again this year with redemption on their minds.

And not just on the player level ... Even though he ranks near the bottom of the SEC in completion percentage, Mond takes care of the ball. He made plays with his arm and legs against SC in helping the Aggies come back from a 10-point deficit in the second half.

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The Aggies have freak athletes all over the field on offense, but one of the biggest resides on defense. In comparison, Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant has only run for more than 100 yards once this season and has turned the ball over three times through the air.

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