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Three keys to victory for Texas A&M in this week’s game versus Alabama

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For the third time since its move to the Southeastern Conference, Texas A&M will host Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas. 

It has not been pretty, but Aggies’ head coach Kevin Sumlin has seen his team pull itself to a four-game win streak after blowing a 34-point lead against UCLA.

Since joining the SEC in 2012, the meetings between Alabama and Texas A&M have been interesting – especially the first two matchups that ended in a loss for Alabama (29-24) and loss for the Aggies (49-42) in 2013. 

Excluding a tight contest from last season, the 12th Man was manhandled by the Tide in both 2014 and 2015 – including a 59-0 beatdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium during the 2014 year. 

Despite having redshirt freshman Nick Starkel go down with an injury, true freshman quarterback Kellen Mond has been improving with each game.

On the interior defensive front, the Aggies are much better against the run as it’s allowing 96 yards a game (3.07 yards/carry). 

Las Vegas sees another runaway victory for Alabama with a spread of 26 points; nevertheless, Sumlin and Texas A&M enter its home field with a lot of confidence. Listed below are three important keys for the Aggies this week in its attempt to try and knock off the Crimson Tide. 

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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