Alabama entered Saturday’s showdown with no. 24 Texas A&M with a few questions. Here is how the No. 1 Crimson Tide answered them.
1 Can the Aggies slow down Tua?
Not really. Tua Tagovailoa wasn’t as dominant as in the last three games, but the Alabama quarterback wasn’t slowed much. He did throw his first interception but had 293 yards with four touchdown passes, including three in the first half.
2. Can Alabama make tackles on the perimeter?
The Aggies came out of the gate running the ball up the middle and on the edge for an early touchdown. After that, the Tide shut down the Aggies’ run game, allowing 125 yards, most of which came in the fourth quarter (73).
3. Return of Reichard?
Nope. Will Reichard has been sidelined with a pulled hip flexor since the Southern Miss game, and even though he practiced this week, the kicker did not see action Saturday. Joseph Bulovas was 2 of 2 on field goals (35 and 27 yards) and 4 of 5 on extra points (one was blocked).
4. Under 100 for Bama’s Big 3?
Alabama has had a receiver top 100 yards in every game this season. Until Saturday. DeVonta Smith caught seven passes with 47-yard touchdown but finished with 99 yards. Jerry Jeudy had four catches for 50 yards and Henry Ruggs III had one catch, a 33-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
— Compiled by Edwin Stanton
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