Top-ranked Alabama hosted Texas A&M on Saturday with some questions to answer. Here were four of them:
1. How will the Crimson Tide handle Trayveon Williams?
The Aggies came in with the SEC’s leading rusher at 133 yards per game. Williams was averaging 6.8 yards per carry and figured to test Alabama’s from seven. Didn’t work out that way. He ran for just 31 yards on eight carries, an average of 3.9 yards per carry. A&M quarterback Kellen Mond ran for 98 yards and a touchdown.
2. Can Tua Tagovailoa keep it up?
Alabama’s sophomore quarterback didn’t convert every third down for a change, but did have 387 yards and four touchdowns in just three quarters of play. The left-handler from Hawaii still hasn’t thrown an interception this season as UA’s offense continues to hum with Tagovailoa under center.
3. Will Alabama break off a big return?
Jaylen Waddle, a freshman spark plug, flashed his big-play potential but had a couple of promising punt returns nullified because of penalties for illegal blocks. Waddle finished with two returns for 25 yards. Alabama did not return a kickoff.
4. Does Alabama get taken into the fourth quarter?
The Aggies stayed at least somewhat in the game into the second quarter, but were behind 31-13 at the half half time and staring at a deficit of nearly 29 points going into the final period. Once again, Alabama didn’t have to play its starters a full 60 minutes.