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Alright Aggies, welcome Travis Reier (and perhaps someone else? Not sure who all is coming) from BamaOnline to talk about this weekend's matchup.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Aubrey Bloom 17 months ago
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Testing 1,2. Testing 1,2,3, 4. Test.
I think the biggest question Travis is, what do you see as a path to victory for A&M. Not necessarily the likelihood, but if the Aggies are going to win, what has to happen?
A lot has been said about the strength of Bama's line, but they've let McCarron get pressured and hit a lot this season. Where does the penetration come from, the middle or the edge?
1) What is the injury situation look like for Bama.
2) What are you hearing from the fans? Bama will blow out A&M, They are concerned, etc..
3) Just how young is the Bama team?
First, thanks for having me, Aubrey.
As for some keys to an A&M win: play clean (can't lose turnover margin, penalties, etc...); establish some semblance of offensive balance (don't have to run for 300, but can't throw it 50 times, either); keep Lacy and Yeldon relatively in check.
Alabama has defended spread/read option style offenses very well, why should this weekend be any different?
We have a few guys with bumps and bruises like cooper and lacy but pretty much everyone is good to go
Teams have been effective with stunts and slants from the edges. Some of those sacks have come as a result of McCarron holding the ball to long. That said, Fluker and Kouandjio were very good against LSU last week. I look for A&M to bring numbers, so for UA it will be about blitz pickups and hitting throws down the field. And, of course, the screen game to the backs is a nice equalizer too.
I look for at least a couple screens to Yeldon this week
A follow-up question to Thrown's. What is the best way to get some backside penetration on Mrs. McCarron?
What's the best matchup for Damontre Moore', TAMU, DE, D.J. Fluker or Kouandjio? Or are they just so good it really doesn't matter...
1.) Pretty good shape. Lacy and WR Cooper are dealing with ankles, but both should be able to go.
2.) After last week, don't think UA fans are taking anything for granted. Most are concerned about emotional toll LSU took on this team.
3.) Not many seniors, but some underclassmen who may make the jump (CB Milliner and OT Fluker). OL will likely have three new starters next year so that's the biggest concern looking ahead. Leading receiver and rusher are true freshmen.
I cried like AJ when I saw her busty busoms.
Name said offenses please.
Really? I hadn't noticed the screen play a prominent recent role for Bama?
I laughed when I wrote this...
How much nickel can we expect to see from the bama defense?
I'd say Fluker. He struggles at times with elite pass rushers. Again, though, he was very good against Mingo last week. I think the biggest thing for UA will be dealing with stunts and slants A&M will bring.
Let's try to keep thread on point guys.
Travis, looking at Alabama's schedule, it looks like A&M is the second best team that Alabama has played all season, and certainly the best offensively. I know Michigan runs a spread offense and Tennessee throws it around a lot, but do you think the Aggies will be able to move the ball on Alabama?
A lot. That and dime. LB CJ Mosley is the key to those packages for UA. As good in space as any LB in the country.
Bloom hogging up all the questions
Yeah, the physicality of Alabama's corners and safeties I'd think they play out of the nickel most of the game unless the A&M offense is doing something we've never seen them do. (Like take a snap from under center.)
Haha, just trying to keep things moving. The ultimate question for Travis is Archibald's vs Dreamland?
If you are talking about Michigan running a spread. They run a variant of the W. Coast with AL Borges. Dennard Robinson has been miscast as its QB as he could better take advantage of a spread like what Rich Rod was doing.
Michigan = NOT a spread team.
This post was edited by redleg82 17 months ago
I think A&M can move the ball, especially if Alabama's tackling doesn't to improve from where it was in Baton Rouge. Question is, can the Aggies finish drives in the red zone? UA has been very good in red zone, both offensively and defensively. Ags will need to care better care of the ball than they did against LSU, too.
I feel like we are going to have to stack the box on defense to have a chance to stop the run game. Against LSU the last two games, Saban was more than happy to let McCarron pass the ball early and often instead of try to force the run game. Do you think this is going to be his strategy against us as well? I feel like he's more likely to force the run against us to try and keep our offense off the field as much as possible and wear down our dline- thoughts?
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