Every Tuesday, Aggie Football hosts the weekly press conference at the Bright Complex, and every Tuesday Sumlin talks about consistency being the key to winning each week. And as much as he tried to make it sound like the approach would be exactly the same this week, this isn't any other week. This weekend, the Aggies take on the nation's number one team.
Kliff Kingsbury said Nick Saban's Alabama program is the gold standard of college football.
“I think (Alabama is) a complete football team,” Sumlin said. “Always been known for their defense, but you look, that's a really really big athletic and strong offensive line. you move Barrett Jones from tackle to center and put bigger guys at tackle, you know what you're dealing with. Eddie Lacy is a powerful running back, Yeldon is fast. The interesting is they've been more of a one back team than a 21 personnel, shown the ability to throw the ball down field off of their play-action which has made them a complete team.”
“For every quarterback there's that moment where you grow up and for AJ McCarron, being able to go down the field and comeback to win, that's a moment."
Despite the quality of the team they're facing this week, Sumlin told the media how he was going to prepare. He said that doesn't change.
"As we've approached it every week,” he said. “This game has been on the schedule since the beginning of the year. Not going to change our personnel or the way we play.”
“For us, it couldn't couldn't have come at a better time. Guys are used to how we do things going on the road, and certainly we've at least started the games with a lot of energy. We're going to have to use all of that this Saturday if we're going to be successful."
Sumlin also said that the Aggies have yet to play a whole game yet, and that they could beat anybody if they do.
"We haven't played a complete football game yet,” he said. “I'm not talking about playing a perfect game, but a complete game. Sometimes our starters are out in the third quarter or we have turnovers and find a way to win, we still haven't played a complete game yet and if we do that I think we're dangerous against anybody."
For offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, the challenge is trying to find some holes in a defense that hasn't given up more than 17 points all season. He talked about what makes Alabama's defense so difficult to move the ball against.
A.J. McCarron's game winning drive at LSU could be his Heisman moment.
“Everything,” he said. “Great players. And what's remarkable is they basically lose an entire NFL team last year and come back and they're number one in the nation in scoring defense at nine points per game. That says volumes about Coach Smart and Coach Saban and what they do recruiting and schematically. Their schemes are great, great athletes, and they keep things rolling week in and week out.”
Earlier this season Nick Saban questioned whether or not the future of college football should be no huddle offenses. Though yesterday he clarified that statement and said he doesn't mind defending no huddle offenses, Kingsbury was asked about his earlier comments.
“We do what we do and he does what he does. Everybody is entitled to their opinion,” he said. “Obviously they're kind of the gold standard of college football and they've been that way since he got there. We're all kind of chasing Alabama so we're just honored to play them and expect a great challenge.”
Despite the challenge, Kingsbury said weeks like this are why you get into coaching, but that the offense won't be making any huge changes for the Crimson Tide.
“I like it every week, that's why I'm in this business,” he said. “We don't go and change and reinvent the wheel on things like this. We do what we do and try to score points and make first downs.”
Defensive coordinator Mark Snyder said his biggest challenge is that there's no weaknesses to the Alabama offense.
“There's a reason they're number one. They're pretty good,” he said.
“All the way across the board there are no weaknesses in this offense. Each week we go into a game and you see a glaring weakness here or there that you might be able to attack. They're good across the board. AJ is playing really well. The offensive line is huge and really good at what they do. They have two really good running backs and they have tons of speed on the outside.”
One thing the Aggies have been able to do well this year is put pressure on the quarterback, so when asked if Alabama's offensive line and McCarron's arm makes them a tough team to blitz, his answer was simple.