The Aggies and Tide clash on Saturday afternoon in a budding SEC rivalry.
Alabama and Texas A&M will meet for the fifth time on Saturday, when the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide hosts the Aggies. There are many fascinating storylines with this game, from A&M’s success in its SEC debut to Bama’s quest to repeat as national champions to the many football connections between these two institutions. In honor of Tide greats like Kenny Stabler and Joe Namath as well as Texas A&M’s 12th Man, here are 12 statistical highlights on both the history and current matchup between two programs with elite fan bases and tradition.
4: Common head coaches between these two schools. Both Bear Bryant (A&M 1954-57; Alabama 1958-82) and Gene Stallings (A&M 1965-71; Alabama 1900-96) won national titles with the Tide after being the head coach at Texas A&M. They faced each other as coaches in the 1968 Cotton Bowl (following the ’67 season), a 20-16 decision for the Aggies as Edd Hargett outdueled Stabler. Stallings actually played for Bryant in College Station from 1954-56. Coach Dennis Franchione led Alabama from 2001-02 before departing for College Station and coaching the Aggies from 2003-07. Additionally, one of the best names ever — Dorsett Vandeventer "Tubby" Graves — led the Tide from 1911-1914 and Texas A&M in 1918.
1: Heisman Trophy winner coached by the legendary Bear Bryant. That player was Texas A&M star John David Crow in 1957.
4: Games this season where Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has compiled over 400 yards of total offense.
2001: The last time Alabama allowed an opposing player to compile more than 400 yards of total offense in a game. LSU’s Rohan Davey had an amazing 540-yard performance (528 passing, 12 rushing) in the Tigers 35-21 victory in Tuscaloosa.
1988: The last time these two schools meet on the gridiron. It was dubbed the Hurricane Bowl after being moved from September to December because of Hurricane Gilbert.
1-10: The Aggies’ record in 11 previous games against the No.1-ranked team in the AP Poll. That lone Texas A&M victory was in November of 2002, a 30-26 decision over Oklahoma as freshman quarterback Reggie McNeal came off the bench to throw for four touchdowns.
12: 100-yard receiving performances in the career of Aggies wideout Ryan Swope.
2010: The last time Alabama allowed an opposing player (Rueben Randle, LSU) to reach the 100-yard mark in receiving.
0: Times that Texas A&M has played in Tuscaloosa. The first two meetings in this series were split in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl (1942, 1968), followed by Alabama wins in Birmingham (23-10 in 1985) and College Station (30-10 in 1988).
58-3: Alabama’s record under Nick Saban when leading at halftime.
8: Consecutive games where Texas A&M has gained 400 or more yards, a school-record.
65.8: Percentage of Alabama games under Nick Saban where the Tide has allowed less than 300 yards of total offense (50 of 76 contests).
---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)