Alabama vs. Texas A&M is a Real Rivalry

Bryant-DennyStadium2014Today will be the first matchup of the Texas A&M Aggies vs. the Alabama Crimson Tide in the post-Johnny Manziel era of Aggies football.  The season began with a blast for Texas A&M as they opened up the season on the SEC Network and beat then 9th-ranked South Carolina on the road 52-28.  The Aggies went on to win their next four games, though some chinks in the armor appeared in their fifth game as they narrowly defeated Arkansas 35-28 on overtime.

The Aggies followed up that win with a loss to Mississippi State on the road 48-31 and also fell to Ole Miss this past weekend 35-20 at home.  The two Mississippi schools are currently ranked #1 and #3 in the nation, so there’s certainly no reason to suggest the Aggies are in trouble.  Nonetheless, it doesn’t take the sting of losing away.

The Crimson Tide suffered their first loss of the season two weeks ago, falling to Ole Miss 23-17 on the road. They visited Arkansas this past weekend and left with a win, but just barely, holding on for dear life 14-13.  Head coach Nick Saban blasted the media, fans, and anyone who was upset with the one point victory, claiming disappointment in a victory is ridiculous.

So now the two teams who were the early favorites to take home the SEC West are going to battle it out.  A loss would be devastating for either squad, more so for the Aggies since they already have two conference losses.  With Ole Miss and Mississippi State undefeated in conference play at 3-0, and Auburn lurking behind at 2-1, it’s fair to say that Alabama will be in huge trouble if they lose this week, as well.

Currently, the median ticket price for Texas A&M vs. Alabama football tickets is $225, making it one of the most expensive games of the week, and the season. The cheapest tickets available on TicketCity begin for just $66, however, so you can find bargains for the game.

After Bama, the Aggies have just one remaining ranked opponent on the schedule in the 6th ranked Auburn Tigers.  If Kenny Hill and company can pull off the upset this week, they’ll have a very good chance of finishing the season at 10-2, at worse 9-3 which could get them very close to a New Year’s Day bowl game.

Alabama does not have as easy a schedule with road games at Tennessee and LSU, as well as a remaining matchup against Mississippi State.  They’ll finish the season against Auburn for the Iron Bowl on November 29th. They will most likely have to run the table to make the first ever college football playoffs, as several teams remain undefeated.  Luckily, at this point there can only be a maximum of three undefeated teams from the power conferences as Mississippi State and Ole Miss will have to face off, as will Notre Dame and Florida State who play this week. So a one loss team is guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.

For that to happen, the Crimson Tide need to take care of business this week against Texas A&M.