Analysis points: No. 1 Alabama 27, Texas A&M 19

Texas A&M's Otaro Alaka sacks Jake Bentley to aid in the Aggies fourth-quarter comeback against South Carolina last week

He recently said Texas A&M is "the strongest team that we've played to this point all the way around". "I think it's a combination of they have a really good scheme and they have really good players who can pass rush and finish on the quarterback". His line was not physical, could not hold its blocks and could not open holes large enough for the Tide's burgeoning run game.

The 1967 Aggies defeated the Crimson Tide in the Cotton Bowl, a bonus to their first SWC title since 1956 under then-coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. He leads the Tide in rushing with 461 yards and has completed 64.0 percent of his 89 pass attempts for 747 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions.

The Crimson Tide defense stood its ground there before the Aggies' Daniel LaCamera nailed a career-high 52-yard field goal.

For his part, Hurts said his college choices came down to Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Alabama. Big plays were a 30-yard pass to Calvin Ridley on third down with 15 yards added by an A&M penalty and a 6-yard run by Bo Scarborough on fourth down that set up an 8-yard touchdown catch by Henry Ruggs III. Foster tried to turn up field, but was stripped of the ball by Debione Renfro on Alabama's 36-yard line. It was Alabama's first turnover since November 24, 2016, and earned Foster a talking to from Saban as soon as he reached the sideline.

Even though that may be Alabama's only current win over a top 25 team (compared to Clemson who has three such wins), the dominance of the team wearing crimson and white has not disappeared since that opening game.

"My biggest disappointment is we're ahead 24-3 in the game and we didn't finish the game", Coach Nick Saban said. "They did that. We just didn't do a good job finishing the game and that's disappointing". "We are able to (finish), but we didn't".

Coach Kevin Sumlin certainly hopes so, but he understands that Alabama's dual-threat QB presents a different kind of challenge. They've beaten Arkansas (in overtime) and SC by a touchdown apiece and also rebounded from a tough-to-swallow opening loss at UCLA.

The Crimson Tide are now 5-0 and they'll look to remain unbeaten when they head to College Station to take on the Aggies Saturday night.

Alabama finished with 355 yards, led by Harris, who finished with 124 yards and a touchdown. Hurts is the SEC's No. 5 rusher while Mond has also gained 252 yards. He leads an offense that enters the week as the only FBS team not to commit an interception or fumble. He's now topped 50 yards rushing in all but one game (Week 4 against Vanderbilt) this season.

For the first time in 2017, the Alabama Crimson Tide faced a true road environment.

"No one tries to run against them, but we will", A&M offensive tackle Keaton Sutherland said. Not every game is going to be like that. "We sort of go on these trips like it's a business trip and that's what we should be focused on".

Yes, just another ho-hum beatdown of a SEC opponent.

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