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TideFans.com doesn’t often make reference to betting lines, as that’s not our thing. But when Alabama opened up as roughly a two-touchdown favorite over Texas A&M, it got everyone’s attention in the sports media world.
Alabama, a team that had just scraped to a 14-13 victory over Arkansas, the SEC West’s presumptive worst team, was being made a two-touchdown favorite over a team that beat Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2012, carried the Crimson Tide to the wire in College Station in 2013, and has many of the same pieces returning from those teams in 2014. On the face, it doesn’t make sense.
Now than Johnny Manziel has left for the NFL, the rest of the SEC will finally get a look at how well A&M performs without a freak on the team. The Aggies ran up impressive offensive numbers with Manziel triggering the attack, but didn’t stop anyone on defense – a situation that must change, or Texas A&M won’t ever be a consistent contender in the SEC, which prioritizes stopping the ball over doing something dynamic with it. Losing six starters and virtually every key playmaker from the 2013 team won’t help.Continue reading …
This has been anything but a quiet offseason for the Texas A&M Aggies, who were hoping to mount a national title challenge in their second season in the SEC. The Aggies might still do it, but they’ll have to do it amidst a circus that would impress even P.T. Barnum. Texas A&M’s star quarterback has been the subject of more intrigue and scrutiny than the WikiLeaks case, and he hasn’t been the only one who has run afoul of team policy. And then there are the football questions, such as whether the wide receiver corps can be rebuilt, whether the offensive line will jell quickly and whether the secondary can be improved.Continue reading …