The Aggies gave Alabama its only loss in 2012. They’re playing at home. They have “Johnny Football.”
Hype doesn’t need support prongs. Alabama-Texas A&M hype has three obvious prongs, perhaps too obvious.
Did anyone notice the preseason All-SEC team, voted on at SEC Media Days this week? No shock that Alabama had a league-high 16 picks among the first, second and third teams, but guess who was second.
It wasn’t Texas A&M. The Aggies, who lost key players like Ryan Swope and Luke Joeckel from the victory in Tuscaloosa in 2012, tied Arkansas with three --- fewer than Alabama, LSU (11), Florida (10), Georgia (nine), Tennessee and Auburn (six), Ole Miss (five), South Carolina and Vanderbilt (four).
Yes, LSU, Alabama’s “other” in the West Division in recent years, was second.
Could it be that we’re hyping the wrong “Game of the Century” for this season? Could it be that things will again come down to the winner between Alabama and LSU.
Come to think of it, it did in 2012. Alabama lost to A&M a week after beating LSU with a dramatic late drive and, voila, the Crimson Tide still won the West, SEC and national championships.
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