This is probably the biggest trap game that the Tide will face in 2012. The media will be talking about the Missouri game all through Alabama's bye week.
The media will be hyping the LSU game and the Oregon vs. USC game on Nov. 3, 2012.
At this point in the season, Alabama will have made it through the "big three" tests of its season and will be breathing a sigh of relief after taking down a national powerhouse in LSU.
Enter the Texas A&M Aggies to play season-spoiler for the Tide. The Aggies have a rough inaugural schedule this year. They are coming into the SEC West and will play Arkansas, LSU and Alabama every year.
They will show up to win every game they play, but they will show up a little harder against the top three. This is their year to establish their place in the recruiting pecking order, and they will fight accordingly.
This is a team that is no stranger to the quarterback sack. They logged 51 of them in 2011 alongside 100-plus tackles for loss.
These Aggies will be fighting for immediate respect in the premiere conference in the nation. They will play accordingly.
Plus, there's a ton of pent-up frustration in College Station. The Aggies played second fiddle to the Longhorn Network's Texas squad led by Mack Brown for decades.
Now, they can earn a spot among the elite. Put yourself in their shoes: What would a first-year upset of the Crimson Tide do for the Aggies' recruiting efforts? Let's not find out, shall we?