Top-ranked Alabama hosts No. 22 Texas A&M on Saturday with some questions to answer. Here are four of them:
1. How will the Crimson Tide handle Trayveon Williams?
The Aggies have the SEC’s leading rusher at 133 yards per game. He’s averaging 6.8 yards per carry and getting the ball around 20 times per outing. UA is allowing more than 100 yards on average on the ground. This will be a test for Alabama’s defensive front seven.
2. Can Tua Tagovailoa keep it up?
Alabama’s sophomore quarterback has been dynamite on third down: a 100 percent completion percentage on this key possession down. The lefty is most dangerous in these situations, and has also pulled the ball down to run to move the chains.
3. Will Alabama break off a big return?
Jaylen Waddle, just a freshman, is such a threat that opponents have been reluctant to punt to him. Josh Jacobs has already taken a kickoff to the house and is capable of breaking another one at any time. UA is dangerous in the return game again, which adds an exciting element for Alabama.
4. Does Alabama get taken into the fourth quarter?
Through three games, no opponent has taken the Crimson Tide into keep water. The outcome has been decided before the final period each time. Texas A&M took Clemson to the wire and might have won if not for a key call going the other way. Sooner or later Alabama gets really tested, and this may be the time.