Remember when Johnny ‘Football’ humiliated the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa last season? So does Alabama, and it’s payback time. Bama and Texas A&M clash this Saturday at 3:30 PM ET Kyle Field, in the best game of college football week 3.
“Yeah, it’s the only game we lost last year,” Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper said Monday. “To me, it’s not a revenge thing because if we wanted to get revenge, we’d have to play that same team last year with the same team we had last year.
Johnny Manziel threw for 253 yards and two touchdowns while running for 92 more yards to beat the Tide at home 29-24
“It’s never a part of our game,” Bama coach Nick Saban said. “We tell our players, there’s no circumstance where you need to talk to another player, and there’s been very little of that with our team. Business-like is the way we’d like to approach this game. It’s going to be emotional, don’t get me wrong. And I’m not trying to minimize the importance when I use the term ‘businesslike.’
“Last year the Alabama game was a stage for the whole world to see what kind of player he is,” Aggies Running back Ben Malena said. “He deserved it along with this team, to be put on a stage to show what we can do and what he can do. I think this Saturday is another similar stage and the world is going to see how much better and how much more he has progressed along with the whole team.”
Alabama is an 8 point favorite for the game at Kyle Field. The total of points is set at 60.5. Last season the Crimson Tide was 13.5 point favorites.