Alabama-Texas A&M National TV Pick
Kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. CDT at Kyle Field.
Alabama will be attempting to avenge its only loss of 2012 against Texas A&M and returning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at quarterback.
CBS also nationally televised last year's Alabama-Texas A&M game in Tuscaloosa on November 10, 2012, in which the Aggies handed Alabama a 29-24 loss, the Tide's only setback en route to the 2012 BCS national championship. It was the game that most influenced the vote for Manziel for the Heisman Trophy. The Crimson Tide and Texas A&M have a limited history, but an interesting one.
This year's contest will mark the sixth football game between the two schools, a series in which the Bama holds a 3-2 advantage. The game will mark only the second time in the series that Alabama has played in College Station with the Crimson Tide holding a 1-0 edge at Kyle Field by virtue of a 30-10 victory in 1988.
That game was dubbed the Hurricane Bowl as it was scheduled for early in the year but delayed by threat of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico -- a threat which did not materialize. That was one of two times the Tide played the Aggies when former Tide player Jackie Sherrill was head coach at A&M.
Alabama took a 23-10 victory over the Aggies at Legion Field in Birmingham on September 14, 1985,also against a Sherrill-coached Aggies team.
The series dates back to January 1, 1942, when Alabama defeated Texas A&M, 29-21, in the Cotton Bowl at Dallas, Texas, to close out the 1941 season. It was among the most unlikely outcomes in college football bowl history.
The Tide made only one first down while A&M HAD 13. Bama had only 75 yards of offense, the Aggies 309. Alabama completed only one pass, Texas A&M 13. The Tide ran only 33 plays compared to 81 for the Aggies. The difference was that Alabama intercepted seven passes and recovered five Aggies fumbles.
The teams also clashed in the 1968 Cotton Bowl to close out the 1967 season with the Aggies taking a 20-16 win over the Tide on January 1, 1968. The game was memorable as Gene Stallings was coach of the Aggies. He had played for Paul Bryant at Texas A&M and then coached under Bryant at Alabama before taking over for the Aggies. He would return to Alabama as head coach in 1990 and lead Bama to the 1992 national championship.
There have also been some coaching hire duels.
Prior to the 1958 season, Alabama lured Bryant from Texas A&M back to his alma mater. The Aggies tried for revenge following the 2001 season as A&M hired Dennis Franchione from Bama. Considerable advantage to Alabama.
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