During the Aggies Bye Week we took some time of from football to play a little poker and to personally congratulate our latest winner of our famed “Predict the Score” contests, Mr. Paul Marvin, and delivered his prize to him.
Now it’s your chance to make your predictions on the upcoming game between the Texas A&M Fighting Aggies and the Alabama Crimson Tide, and to help you out, here are some thoughts:
- Kyle Field and the 12th Man – When more than 102,000 fans stay in the game and pump energy into their revitalized defense, as the 12th Man has done this season especially during red zone stands, the home field advantage becomes a huge factor. Aggies love their Chavis-inspired “D” and know how to make about as much noise as any fan base in college football. Bama is never intimidated by a big stage, and they’re certainly highly motivated with their season on the line in every game, but will Coker have the composure to communicate with his o-line when it’s impossible to hear anything over the roar of the crowd? Look for the sound to be deafening, causing a mistake or two and helping the Ags maintain their unrelenting pressure. If the Aggie D is as tough and aggressive as they’ve been, and tighten up their run defense, look out.
- Explosive plays – The Crimson Tide is a great football team, but they do better against more conventional offenses. The Aggies will dial up the unconventional and run their usual high-powered attack, forcing the Tide to do more adjusting on defense, including rushing the passer. That means we might see more of the Tide’s pass rushers. With the Ags killing it on play-action, including passes to Kirk, Reynolds and who knows how many others, and the crowd noise making it difficult to make on-the-field adjustments on defense, look for the Aggies to get off to a fast start and keep on going. Alabama will do everything in its power to slow them down by running a lot of plays and keeping Kyle Allen off the field so that he can’t get into his rhythm. But if he does, with all those weapons at his disposal, the Aggies don’t need much time to score.
- Turnovers – The Aggies are plus-two in the turnover margin, with their defense causing fumbles, interceptions and mismatches. On the other hand, Alabama football has always been about wearing down their opponents by running the ball, controlling it, and not turning it over. They won’t be able to do that if the Aggies play up tempo; they’ll need to take some risks to score points. If Jake Coker takes some chances and tries to throw long, he can expect to see a lot of Garrett and Hall in his face. If he can throw screens and scramble for some yardage he could cough up the football. Or, he could fool the Aggie defense, which still doesn’t have the depth or experience of the Bama defense, especially in a game they HAVE to win.
If the Aggies can establish the tempo of the game, pick them to win. If the Tide can manage to play ball control and keep giving the ball to Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake, they will be facing a rushing defense that’s still only 12th in the SEC. It’s a tough call, but it’s a game that Texas A&M can win. So, again, this is your chance to make your prediction and this time you too could be named the winner of the Texas Poker Store’s “Predict The Score” contest. So what do you think? Will the Aggies remain undefeated or will the Crimson Tide prevail?
Whoever predicts the final score first, without going over, will be the next “Texas Poker Store Predict the Score” prizewinner, walking away with this 300 Chip Big Slick Texas Hold’em 11.5 g Set.
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