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First Glance - Alabama at Texas A&M (Game Notes, Connections, Radio, TV)

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Nick Saban brings his process to Kyle Field for a top ten matchup this weekend.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

What You Need To Know

  • Tickets for this game are sold out. Good luck on the secondary market.
  • Texas A&M is ranked 9th in the AP Poll and 10th in the Coaches Poll.
  • Alabama is ranked 10th in the AP Poll and 9th in the Coaches Poll.
  • Texas A&M enters this game 5-0 (2-0 SEC), while Alabama brings a 5-1 (2-1 SEC) record into College Station.
  • Alabama beat Texas A&M last season 59-0 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Did You Know...

  • This is the first matchup of two top ten teams at Kyle Field since 2013 when Alabama was ranked #1 and Texas A&M was ranked #6.
  • Texas A&M has never defeated Alabama at Kyle Field.
  • Alabama leads the all-time series against Texas A&M 5-2-0.
  • The University of Alabama was founded in 1831 and currently has an enrollment of 36,155.
  • With a win, A&M will be 6-0 for the first time since 1994, and will start conference play 3-0 for the first time since 2004 (Big 12).
  • Christian Kirk needs 42 all-purpose yards to reach 1,000 for the season and needs 151 receiving yards to break Uzoma Nwachukwu's TRUE freshman school record of 670 receiving yards (2009).
  • Drew Kaser leads the SEC with an average of 51.0 yards/punt and has the longest punt in the conference this season (68 yards).
  • Taylor Bertolet is 20/20 in PATs this season and is tied for first in the conference with 2.5 FG/G.

Game Notes

Campus Connections

  • Paul "Bear" Bryant coached at Texas A&M from 1954 to 1957, where he compiled a 25-14-2 overall record and won a Southwest Conference championship. He then was head coach at Alabama from 1957-1983.
  • Gene Stallings played for Bryant at A&M before serving as an assistant coach at Alabama from 1958-64 and returned to Tuscaloosa as head coach from 1990-96
  • Jackie Sherrill played for Bryant at Alabama from 1963-65 and served as head coach at A&M from 1982-88.
  • John David Crow was the 1957 Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M and an assistant coach at Alabama from 1969-71. He later served as Athletic Director at Texas A&M.
  • Dennis Franchione was the head coach at both schools, coaching the Crimson Tide in 2001-02 before taking over as head coach at A&M from 2003-07.

Famous Alabama Students

  • Bear Bryant
  • Jackie Sherrill
  • Robert Horry
  • Joe Namath
  • Bart Starr
  • Rece Davis
  • Winston Groom, author of "Forrest Gump"

Television

  • Game time: 2:30 pm CT
  • Channel: CBS (national)
  • Broadcast team: Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Allie LaForce

Online Streaming

Radio

  • Texas A&M Sports Network (Full list HERE)
  • Texas A&M Spanish Network (Radio stations in San Antonio, Houston, El Paso and McAllen, Texas)
  • SiriusXM

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