How to watch: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Texas A&M
Our staff provides you with non-stop coverage between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas A&M which is Saturday in College Station, Texas at 2:39 p.m. CT on CBS.
No. 1 Alabama (5-0) @ No. 21 Texas A&M (3-2)
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WEDNESDAY INSIDER REPORT: Updates on Will Reichard, Chris Owens
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama worked outside Wednesday as players participated in their third practice in preparation for Saturday’s game against Texas A&M. Players were dressed in full pads and worked under mostly cloudy, 85-degree weather. Here are some notes from the media viewing period.
— Chris Owens (knee) continues to be limited and stood behind the rest of the offensive linemen during drills. Meanwhile, Matt Womack returned to action after being limited on Tuesday.
— It’s looking like Alabama’s starting offensive line against Texas A&M will be Alex Leatherwood, Evan Neal, Landon Dickerson, Deonte Brown and Jedrick Wills Jr. from left to right.
— The punters were punting during the viewing period. Freshman Will Reichard (hip) was dressed out but did not punt the ball.
Inside the numbers: Alabama vs. Texas A&M
Alabama by the numbers
82 — Nick Saban has 82 career wins against teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25, tying him with former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden for second most all-time. Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno holds the record with 86 career victories over teams ranked in the AP top 25.
77 — Tua Tagovailoa is currently tied with AJ McCarron as Alabama’s career passing touchdown leader with 77 touchdowns.
69 — Ale Kaho scored his first career touchdown off of a blocked punt against Ole Miss, marking Alabama’s 69th non-offensive touchdown of the Nick Saban era and first in 2019.
14.29 — Texas A&M ranks No. 113 in the nation allowing 14.29 yards per punt return this season. That’s good news for Alabama punt returner Jaylen Waddle, who leads the SEC averaging 17.38 yards per return this season.
7 — Alabama leads the nation with seven freshman starters this season. Arkansas and Stanford sit at second with five freshmen starting, while seven other programs have started four freshmen.
Texas A&M by the numbers
76 — Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond needs 76 rushing yards to join Johnny Manziel, Reggie McNeal and Stephen McGee as the only players in school history to pass for 5,000 or more yards and rush for 1,000 or more yards in a career.
45 — Texas A&M has scored double-digit points in 45 straight games.
20— The Aggies’ defense has given up just three rushes of 20 or more yards through five games.
10 — Mond has passed and rushed for a touchdown in the same game 10 times in his career, more than any other current SEC quarterback.
5 — Texas A&M’s schedule this season includes five opponents currently ranked in the AP top 10.
TUESDAY INSIDER REPORT: Chris Owens still limited
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama worked outside Tuesday as players took part in their second game-week practice in preparation for Saturday’s game at Texas A&M. Players were dressed in full pads and worked under sunny, 72-degree weather. Here are some notes from the media viewing period.
— Chris Owens (knee) was limited again Tuesday and did not partake in drills with the rest of the offensive linemen. Matt Womack was also limited during the viewing period.
— Alabama’s first-team offensive line appeared to be Alex Leatherwood, Evan Neal, Landon Dickerson, Deonte Brown and Jedrick Wills Jr.
— The second unit consisted of Scott Lashley, Emil Ekiyor Jr., Darrian Dalcourt, Kendall Randolph and Tommy Brown.
— Alabama’s defensive front was working on quarterback contain at the beginning of the period.
Tuesday player interviews: Tua Tagovailoa, Xavier McKinney and Trevon Diggs
MONDAY INSIDER REPORT: Alabama shuffles its offensive and defensive lines
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama worked outside Monday as it held its first game-week practice in preparation for Saturday’s matchup against Texas A&M. Players were dressed in shorts and shells and worked under cloudy, 76-degree weather. Here are some notes from the media viewing period.
— Starting center Chris Owens had his left knee in a brace and was working with trainers at the beginning of the period. He was dressed out but stood behind the offensive line unit during drills. Earlier in the day, Saban called the redshirt junior “questionable” for Saturday’s game.
— Alabama’s first-team offensive line appeared to be Alex Leatherwood, Evan Neal, Landon Dickerson, Deonte Brown and Jedrick Wills Jr. from left to right.
— Dickerson started in place for Owens at center during Alabama’s home-opener against New Mexico State last month.
“We lose a lot from (Owens) being out,” Wills said, “but I feel like we have people who can come in and step right in behind him and fill those shoes that we’re kind of looking for.”
Here are some observations from Nick Saban's Monday Presser
Opening Comments from Saban
I think the No. 1 thing that we need to focus on at this point in the season is our quality of play. And that really starts with the discipline that every player has to make the right choices and decisions relative to what he has to do his job and play winning football. I think obviously the challenges that we have in front of us with Texas A&M who is a top-25 team. Playing on the road is going to take a lot of focus on our part, a lot of discipline on our part, and a lot of guys sort of continuing to elevate their game and play better each week as we go through the season.
Saban knows that Alabama is going into a very difficult environment and notice that he mentioned the word discipline twice during his opening comments. Alabama cannot afford to play undisciplined football in SEC play, especially not on the road at Kyle Field. Texas A&M is the first team that Alabama has played this season that is in the AP Top 25.
On Texas A&M
I think A&M has played really really well this year. They have like 12 starters back. Jimbo does a really good job. They play really good on defense. They’re fifth or something in the SEC, give up less than 300 yards a game. Offensively, they’ve got really good receiving corps, good running back. Quarterback Kellen Mond does a really, really good job of executing their offense. He’s very capable of making every throw that he needs to make as well as can make plays with his feet as a runner. Got a good running back. So this is a really good all-around team. They have their specialists back. They’re good on special teams. So this is going to be a very very challenging game for us in every way, shape and form.
Texas A&M going to be Alabama’s toughest test yet: Saban has a lot of respect for Jimbo Fisher and Kellen Mond. Last season Mond threw for 196-yards and also ran for 98-yards while accounting for two touchdowns. Saban also knows that A&M has an excellent special teams unit. Seth Small is 20 for 20 on extra points and is 8 for 10 on field goals this year which is 80%.