Nov 27, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers running back Tyrion Davis-Price (3) runs the ball against Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Andre White Jr. (32) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

LSU scores in final minute to top No. 15 Texas A&M

Max Johnson threw his third touchdown pass with 20 seconds left in the game as LSU upset No. 15 Texas A&M 27-24 in an SEC game Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La.

Johnson completed 22 of 38 passes for 306 yards, including the 28-yard game-winner to Jaray Jenkins, who finished with eight catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

LSU (6-6, 3-5) reached bowl eligibility, meaning head coach Ed Orgeron, who was bought out by the university last month effective at the end of the season, could see his tenure with the Tigers extended one more game.

Zach Calzada completed 20 of 34 for 242 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Jalen Preston, to lead the Aggies (8-4, 4-4).

LSU got off to a fast start, led 17-7 at the half, and didn’t trail until midway through the fourth quarter.

Seth Small kicked a 33-yard field as the Aggies trimmed the deficit to 17-10 midway through the third quarter.

Cade York answered with a 47-yard field goal nearly six minutes later to increase the lead to 20-10, which is where the score stood heading into the fourth quarter.

On the second play of the fourth quarter, Calzada threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Preston to pull Texas A&M within 20-17.

Calzada and Preston then teamed on a 32-yard touchdown pass that gave the Aggies their only lead of the game, 24-20, with 7:33 remaining.

Johnson then drove the Tigers 85 yards in nine plays over 1:38 for the winning points.

On the first possession of the game LSU moved 44 yards on 13 plays and settled for a 50-yard field goal by York.

Texas A&M gained just 21 yards in the first quarter and the 3-0 lead held up through the end of the period.

Less than a minute into the second quarter, Johnson threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jenkins for a 10-0 lead.

Calzada threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Moose Muhammad III to cut the lead to 10-7 late in the second quarter.

Johnson threw a short pass that Trey Palmer turned into a 61-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left in the second, giving the Tigers a 17-7 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron looks on against Louisiana Monroe Warhawks during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Ed Orgeron will coach final home game with LSU vs. No. 15 Texas A&M

Ed Orgeron’s last home game as LSU’s head coach will be against No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday.

It also will be his final game overall unless the Tigers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) win and receive a bowl bid.

“I don’t think it’s going to hit me until the end, and I really don’t think that way,” Orgeron said. “But I am appreciative of the time I had here — a lot of great days.”

Orgeron, a Louisiana native who dreamed as a younger coach of eventually leading LSU’s program, is just two years removed from winning a national championship. But the Tigers are 10-11 in the last two seasons and the university negotiated his departure last month, effective at the end of the season.

“I’m so excited about this game,” Orgeron said. “We’re going to be pumped up and we’re going to be ready to go.”

Although a spotlight will be on Orgeron for his final home game, it’s also the final home game for 19 seniors who are completing their careers in a program that has seen numerous other players leave early for the NFL or enter the transfer portal.

“I want to send them out the right way,” Orgeron said. “I want them to play for them. I want them to win for the Tigers. I want them to win for themselves. This is about them.”

The Aggies (8-3, 4-3) are looking to improve their standing in the SEC West and their bowl destination by beating the Tigers.

“We need to continue to play well, keep achieving things we’ve got to play for as far as finishing this season out and having a great year,” Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said.

The highlight of the Aggies’ season was a victory against then-No. 1 Alabama, but they have losses against three other SEC West rivals — Arkansas, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

“You play in this league, you better match all the intensity,” Fisher said. “In this league you have to be up. You have to be ready not only to match intensity, but you’ve got to match execution. You’ve got to match physicality. You’ve got to match toughness, all those things.”

Fisher is a former LSU assistant and reportedly was a candidate for the job when Orgeron was hired full-time after the 2016 season, when Orgeron was interim head coach. Fisher’s name was linked again to the current search, though he made it clear last week that he plans on staying with the Aggies.

The coaching intrigue adds to a rivalry between LSU and Texas A&M that has grown in recent seasons.

“They’re important games because they’re SEC West games,” Fisher said. “All the West games, I call them double whammies because they are big games and they’re divisional games and they’re all rivalries to me.

“You’re so close in proximity, and we recruit Louisiana, they recruit Texas like everybody does, but they’re very close. And they’ve always had great success here. So I think that kind of makes it that way.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Yulkeith Brown (8) runs down field during the second quarter against the Prairie View Am Panthers at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

No. 16 Texas A&M demolishes Prairie View A&M, 52-3

Zach Calzada passed for two touchdowns and Devon Achane rushed for two as No. 16 Texas A&M trounced Prairie View A&M 52-3 on Saturday afternoon at College Station, Texas.

Moose Muhammad III had five receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns for the Aggies (8-3). Aaron Hansford scored on a fumble return, Isaiah Spiller and Amari Daniels added rushing touchdowns and Seth Small became Texas A&M’s all-time leading scorer.

Luis Reyes’ 25-yard field goal prevented Prairie View (7-3) from being shut out. Jaden Stewart rushed for 100 yards on 24 carries but the FCS program was outgained 447 to 154 and had just seven passing yards while losing its second straight game.

The Aggies rolled up 24 first downs and 279 rushing yards in the easy victory. Daniels and Spiller each rushed for 70 yards, Calzada completed 10 of 14 passes for 150 yards and Texas A&M recorded four sacks.

The Aggies started the assault with three touchdowns in the opening quarter.

Spiller scored on an 11-yard run with 8:31 left in the quarter and Achane tacked on a 1-yard run less than three minutes later.

The defense then got into the act as blitzing Antonio Johnson sacked Prairie View quarterback Jawon Pass and forced him to fumble. Hansford picked it up and raced 17 yards to make it 21-0.

Small booted a 27-yard field goal with 13:01 left in the half first to become Texas A&M’s all-time leading scorer, passing Randy Bullock (365 from 2008-11). Small finished the contest with 372 points.

Calzada tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Muhammad to make it 31-0 with 5:22 left in the half. Achane added a 1-yard run with six seconds to play.

Muhammad caught a 30-yard scoring pass from Calzada to complete the first drive of the third quarter to make it 45-0.

The Panthers got on the board when Reyes kicked his field goal with 5:46 left in the quarter.

Texas A&M increased the lead to 52-3 when Daniels scored on an 8-yard run with 13:47 left in the contest.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Zach Calzada (10) runs the ball against the Mississippi Rebels during the fourth quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M looks to get back on track against Prairie View

Texas A&M will take a mid-November break from Southeastern Conference play when it faces Prairie View A&M on Saturday in College Station, Texas.

The No. 16 Aggies (7-3) are looking to bounce back from a 29-19 road loss to Ole Miss that halted a four-game winning streak.

Texas A&M didn’t seem too prepared at the outset, as it was outgained 408-91 in the first half and trailed 15-0.

“We tried, we competed. We didn’t give up in the game,” Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher said. “We got back in the game, had chances to win the game. That’s the thing that’s disappointing. Once we got back to that point, we had chances to win the game and do the things we needed to do and didn’t do it.”

Interestingly, the loss didn’t prevent another round of rumors that Fisher is being targeted by LSU to become that school’s next head coach.

As he did last month, Fisher insists he’ll stay in College Station and not move to Baton Rouge.

“I’ve told everybody I’m staying here, and I’ve told everybody that I plan on being the coach at A&M,” said Fisher, who is completing his fourth season with the Aggies.

“Everybody thinks all coaches lie. I know. Y’all don’t believe us. … I’ve said the other things. I plan on being here. I love the AD. I love the president. I love the chancellor. I love living here. I love being on my ranch. The family loves it here. I love Kyle Field. I love the people here, too. I love all that stuff, and that’s obviously not good enough (to halt the speculation).”

Quarterback Zach Calzada will be one of the Texas A&M players looking to move on from the Ole Miss game after throwing two interceptions for the first time this season. Calzada also failed to throw a touchdown pass for the second straight game after tossing seven over the previous three games.

Calzada has passed for 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns, with nine interceptions.

The running duo of Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane has been solid all season. Spiller has rushed for 914 yards and five touchdowns and averages 5.7 yards per carry, while Achane has 816 yards and seven scores while sporting a stellar 7.6 average.

Defensively, the Aggies have 29 sacks. Defensive end Tyree Johnson has a team-leading eight and defensive tackle DeMarvin Leal has 6.5.

Prairie View (7-2) had a six-game winning streak snapped last week when it fell 31-29 to Alcorn State.

Panthers coach Eric Dooley knows it’s a step up in competition to face Texas A&M, but he’s not going to sell his team short.

“It’s going to be great for our guys to have that opportunity,” Dooley said on the SWAC conference call. “I always tell our guys you have to seize the moment. When you have that opportunity, you have to seize that opportunity.”

With Prairie View leading the West Division of the SWAC, the timing of the game isn’t ideal to Dooley.

“If I had it my way, we would have this game in September,” Dooley said. “We have to prepare like anything else. … We’re going to compete for 60 minutes.”

Former Louisville quarterback Jawon Pass has thrown for 2,363 yards and 16 touchdowns, with seven interceptions.

Linebacker Tre’Shaud Smith leads the Panthers with 65 tackles, and defensive end Jason Dumas has a team-best 7.5 sacks.

This will be the second meeting between the schools. Texas A&M rolled to a 67-0 win in 2016.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Mississippi Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin talks with quarterback Matt Corral (2) during the second quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

No. 15 Ole Miss plots takedown of No. 11 Texas A&M

Texas A&M has its sights set on the Southeastern Conference’s West Division title — a goal that requires winning the next two games.

The first takes place Saturday night in Oxford, Miss., where the Aggies — ranked 11th in the latest CFP poll — will attempt to push their four-game winning streak to five when they face No. 15 Ole Miss.

The Aggies (7-2, 4-2) are riding strong momentum, starting with their 41-38 victory on Oct. 9 over then top-ranked Alabama (8-1, 5-1). The Crimson Tide are still the squad the Aggies are chasing for a first division crown.

Subsequent victories over Missouri, South Carolina and Auburn have put Texas A&M in a prime spot, though they do not control their fate.

Ole Miss (7-2, 3-2) and Auburn (6-3, 3-2) also sit near the top with two losses.

The Crimson Tide defeated Ole Miss on Oct. 2 and still must play Auburn in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 27.

However, with the Aggies beating Auburn 20-3 last week and holding the win over Alabama, a victory this week against the Rebels and Nov. 27 over LSU would give them a shot for the West’s top spot.

But to get there, A&M needs help. Alabama has to stumble at home against Arkansas on Nov. 20 or at arch-rival Auburn, which would award the West to the Aggies due to the head-to-head victory.

At home last weekend, the Aggies held Auburn and standout quarterback Bo Nix to three points and 226 total yards — both lows for the season.

It marked the first time the Aggies held a top-25 team without a touchdown since 2010 when they edged No. 9 Nebraska 9-6.

They logged four sacks against the Tigers — their fourth game this season with at least four sacks.

“Defense was outstanding. We did a really good job of pressuring them,” said Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, whose defense scored the game’s only TD.

The Aggies have won nine of the past 12 contests against Ole Miss.

Rebels coach Lane Kiffin watched his team do whatever it wanted to on offense and defense in the first 30 minutes of its 27-14 victory over Liberty and talented quarterback Malik Willis last Saturday.

The Rebels produced seven sacks and two interceptions of Willis — a highly rated NFL prospect — and led 24-0 at halftime behind the strong running of Jerrion Ealy.

Kiffin’s club was outscored 14-3 in the second half and needed a late third pick of the ex-Auburn quarterback Willis to seal the win.

Ealy ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns and Matt Corral threw for 324 yards and a score, but the lackluster, TD-less second half resulted in the first meeting between the schools being closer than expected.

ESPN’s College GameDay will make its second appearance Saturday in Oxford. The first time came in 2014.

In that one, No. 11 Ole Miss – then-0-10 all-time versus No.1-ranked teams – rallied past top-ranked Alabama 23-17 behind two late Bo Wallace TD passes.

Kiffin — the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator that day — has his mind set on a particular guest picker this weekend.

“It would be Katy Perry, that’s a no-brainer,” Kiffin said Monday. “I just like when things have worked before … I’ve seen this script before and this movie where Katy Perry shows up and Ole Miss wins. I was on the other side of it.

“It worked before, let’s do it again.”

–Field Level Media

Powell's Walter Nolen (99) during the KOC Kick-Off Classic football jamboree held at the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium on Friday, August 13, 2021.

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Texas A&M lands top DL recruit Walter Nolen

Defensive lineman Walter Nolen, the No. 2-ranked prospect in the 2022 class by 247Sports Composite, committed Saturday to attend Texas A&M next year.

Nolen, a 6-foot-4, 325-pound tackle from Powell, Tenn., chose the Aggies over Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan and Florida. He is the top defensive lineman of the 2022 recruiting class.

247Sports says Nolen “should become impact high-major defensive lineman with NFL Draft first-round potential.”

Nolen had taken multiple visits to Texas A&M and was there Saturday when he committed, according to ESPN, which reported that he originally planned to make a decision in December.

Nolen gives Texas A&M and coach Jimbo Fisher two five-star recruits (along with quarterback Conner Wegman out of Cypress, Texas), plus 11 four-stars. The Aggies have the third-ranked class in the Southeastern Conference.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  Auburn Tigers quarterback Bo Nix (10) carries the ball for a touchdown against the Mississippi Rebels during the first quarter at Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

SEC West hopefuls clash as No. 12 Auburn visits No. 13 Texas A&M

No. 12 Auburn looks to stay in contention to win the Southeastern Conference’s West Division while No. 13 Texas A&M tries to remain in the race on Saturday in College Station, Texas.

Auburn (6-2, 3-1 SEC) trails No. 3 Alabama (7-1, 4-1) for the division lead, with Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2), Ole Miss (6-2, 3-2) and Mississippi State (5-3, 3-2) fighting to stay in the race as well.

But only Auburn and Alabama control their destinies to earn a spot in the SEC title game on Dec. 4. If Auburn and Alabama win the rest of their league games heading into their meeting on the final day of the regular season on Nov. 27, the winner of the Iron Bowl would head to Atlanta to play top-ranked and East Division champ Georgia.

The Tigers and Aggies have both turned their seasons around after coming close to taking major steps backward this season.

Auburn recovered from a 34-10 loss to Georgia on Oct. 9 to post consecutive upsets, first winning at then-No. 17 Arkansas, 38-23, on Oct. 16 before handling then-No. 10 Ole Miss, 31-20, last week.

Texas A&M has emerged as a completely different team than the one that started 3-2 after consecutive losses to then-No. 16 Arkansas and Mississippi State. The Aggies started to emerge as a contender with a 41-38 win over then-No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 9 before cruising to victories over Missouri and South Carolina before last week’s open date.

“Auburn is probably playing as well as anyone in the league right now. We’re going to have to play a great game. This is a very good football team,” Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters. “But we’re playing well, too. We kind of found out who we are.”

The Tigers and Aggies have both relied on improved quarterback play and stout defenses in the past few weeks to remain in the hunt for the division title.

Auburn’s Bo Nix is one of the SEC’s top dual-threats. He’s gone 150-for-241 passing for 1,764 yards with nine touchdowns against just two interceptions, but he’s also rushed for 189 yards and four touchdowns — second most on the team — on 48 carries.

Running backs Tank Bigsby (666 yards, seven TDs) and Jarquez Hunter (530 yards, three TDs) power the Tigers’ run-oriented offense.

Texas A&M’s Zach Calzada is more of a pocket passer. The first-year starter has gone 115-for-208 passing for 1,364 yards with 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions, but he hasn’t thrown more than one interception in any game this season.

The ability of Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane to run the ball has alleviated the pressure on Calzada to beat teams with his arm. Spiller has rushed for 761 yards and five touchdowns on 123 carries, an average of 6.2 yards an attempt. Achane has averaged a whopping 7.1 yards per carry, with 608 yards and five scores on 86 carries.

“(Calzada) can spin it, and he’s shown that,” Auburn coach Bryan Harsin told reporters. “From what I’ve seen this guy’s a really good player. He’s got good vision, throws the ball well and does a good job of leading their offense. These guys are explosive on the offensive side and they’re going to put you in a position where you’ve got to make sure you understand what you’re doing on the defensive side and play at a fast pace.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies tight end Jalen Wydermyer (85) celebrates his touchdown with Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Jalen Preston (5), Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Ainias Smith (0), during the first quarter against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 Texas A&M cruises past South Carolina 44-14

No. 17 Texas A&M’s defense limited South Carolina to 15 yards of total offense through the first three quarters and running backs Devon Achane and Isaiah Spiller each eclipsed 100 yards in the Aggies’ 44-14 win Saturday in an SEC game at College Station, Texas.

Achane finished with 154 yards on 20 carries, including a 35-yard touchdown, and Spiller gained 102 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown.

The Aggies (6-2, 3-2 SEC) extended their winning streak to three games after losing their first two conference games.

Texas A&M improved its series record against South Carolina to 8-0 since 2014, when the Aggies joined the SEC.

South Carolina (4-4, 1-4) had five straight possessions in the second and third quarters without positive yardage.

The Gamecocks finished with 185 yards of total offense, most against Texas A&M’s reserves in the fourth quarter.

The Aggies’ defense tallied seven tackles for loss, led by defensive end Tyree Johnson’s two sacks. The defense also forced three turnovers.

South Carolina had only two first downs through the first three quarters before producing three in their only scoring drive that was 75 yards and culminated with MarShawn Lloyd’s 9-yard run with 12:07 left in the game.

Texas A&M took a 31-0 lead by halftime after South Carolina gained only 11 yards of total offense.

Achane and Spiller combined for 147 yards on 27 rushes in the first half while South Carolina had minus-10 on 13 carries.

Zach Calzada completed two touchdown passes to Jalen Wydermyer on consecutive possessions in the first half after Ainias Smith got the Aggies’ scoring started on a 95-yard punt return for a touchdown 2:30 into the game.

Calzada completed 12 of 24 passes for 187 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Spiller’s 1-yard run that gave Texas A&M a 28-0 lead with 8:36 left in the first half occurred after Aaron Hansford recovered a South Carolina fumble at the Gamecocks’ 6-yard line.

Seth Small capped the scoring in the first half with a 32-yard field goal as time expired. The conversion culminated a 14-play, 79-yard drive that took 7:05 off the clock.

Small made two more field goals in the second half, giving him 63 for his career. That ties the school record held by 2011 Lou Groza Award winner Randy Bullock.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) is chased by Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Micheal Clemons (2) in the first quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M upsets No. 1 Alabama on FG as time expires

Seth Small converted a 28-yard field goal as time expired Saturday night, lifting Texas A&M to a 41-38 upset of No. 1 Alabama in College Station, Texas.

The Aggies (4-2, 1-2 SEC) drove 54 yards in the final 2:08, with a pass interference call putting Small in chip-shot range. His kick hooked inside the left upright, making Jimbo Fisher the first ex-Nick Saban assistant to beat his old boss in 25 attempts.

Freshman quarterback Zach Calzada completed 21-of-31 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns, tying the game at 38 on a 25-yard scoring strike to Ainias Smith with three minutes left in the game.

After the Crimson Tide went 3-and-out, Calzada threw for two first downs and ran for a third to set up Small.

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young hit on 28-of-48 passes for 369 yards and three scores. His 7-yard touchdown toss to Jameson Williams with five minutes remaining gave the Tide (5-1, 2-1) a 38-31 advantage, but their defense couldn’t finish it off.

Texas A&M initiated scoring on Small’s 38-yard field goal just 3:25 into the game, putting Alabama behind for the first time since its win last year over Georgia.

Young found Roydell Williams with a 20-yard touchdown pass at the 6:42 mark for a 7-3 Crimson Tide lead, but the Aggies took just 76 seconds to respond. Calzada hit Jalen Wydermyer with a 27-yard scoring strike to make it 10-7, then connected with Smith on a 6-yarder with 33 seconds remaining to up the lead to 10.

Will Reichard converted a 38-yard field goal 5:44 before halftime to bring Alabama within seven, but Isaiah Spiller’s 15-yard burst up the middle with 2:09 left allowed A&M to take a 24-10 lead into intermission.

The teams traded special teams touchdowns 18 seconds apart in the third quarter. King Mwikuta covered a blocked punt in the end zone for the Tide, but Devon Achane returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards to restore a two-touchdown lead for the Aggies.

Alabama outgained A&M 522 to 379 for the game.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2021; College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Zach Calzada (10) passes against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the fourth quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Banged-up Texas A&M prepares to face No. 1 Alabama

There is never really a good time to play No. 1 Alabama, but Saturday night seems like a particularly bad time for Texas A&M.

Not only have the Aggies lost two consecutive Southeastern Conference games — 20-10 at home against Arkansas, 26-22 at home to Mississippi State last week — but they also have lost three key players for the season.

Two of the missing are cornerbacks Myles Jones and Brian George. Jones (foot) was their top defensive back last year, but has played only 13 snaps this year. Jones was injured on his first play against Arkansas two weeks ago and didn’t play last week.

George was also injured against Arkansas and wasn’t able to suit up last week, while center Luke Matthews has also undergone season-ending shoulder surgery. Matthews was expected to start this year, but wasn’t able to take a single snap.

Add the continued absence of starting quarterback Haynes King (broken ankle) and two of the team’s leading receivers, and this has all the makings of a nationally televised beatdown. So what is coach Jimbo Fisher telling his team to inspire them?

“Move on. Eliminate the clutter,” he said. “When you have down times or bad moments, you have to circle the wagons and make sure you have the right people there with you in the trenches with you and play ball. It takes maturity.”

All the maturity in the world won’t help Texas A&M (3-2, 0-2 SEC) unless it can get a big game from Zach Calzada, who will start his fourth game at quarterback since King went down. Calzada went 12 of 20 for 135 yards last week against Mississippi State while absorbing three sacks for the third straight game.

While the Aggies try to find answers, the Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0) continue to ask questions no opponent can solve. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin told viewers in a CBS pregame interview they should get out their popcorn, but the only thing that popped last week in Tuscaloosa was the Rebels’ balloon as Alabama administered an old-school 42-21 beating.

Now the Tide turn their attention to Texas A&M.

“This is all around a really, really good team,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said of the Aggies, “maybe the best team we’ve played to this point from a personnel standpoint. So this is a game that we’ve really gotta get our mind looking forward to the challenge that we have, which is going to be pretty significant.”

Alabama’s Brian Robinson Jr. enjoyed the game of his life vs. the Rebels, rushing 36 times for 171 yards and four touchdowns. The senior never previously topped 78 yards in a game. No run was longer than 21 yards last week, but there were plenty of 4-, 5- and 6-yard runs as the Tide line consistently moved the Ole Miss front seven back.

Bryce Young was an efficient 20 of 26 for 241 yards and two scores with one interception. Through five games, he has completed 73 percent of his passes for 1,365 yards with 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

This will be the 14th meeting between the teams, with the Tide having won the past eight for an 11-2 advantage in the series. The last Texas A&M win occurred in November 2012 when Johnny Manziel led the Aggies to an upset in Tuscaloosa that helped propel the quarterback to the Heisman Trophy.

–Field Level Media