One of the most intriguing subplots in top-ranked Alabama’s game this weekend against Texas A&M is the matchup of the Aggies high-octane offense against the Tide’s bone-crunching defense.
The chess match between Kevin Sumlin and Nick Saban—two of the top minds in the college game, with the former lauded for his offensive acumen and the latter being a noted defensive guru—should provide Alabama with a glimpse of the future should it go on to meet Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game.
While I will never profess to understand the BCS standings, one glance at the latest bowl projections from outlets like Sports Illustrated and ESPN shows an impending culture-clashing showdown between the Tide and the Ducks that most fans across the country are clamoring for.
Considering that the Ducks and the Aggies rank fourth and fifth nationally in total offense (with less than two yards separating their averages per game), this weekend will provide the Tide’s defense to see how they measure up to the no-huddle style employed by both Texas A&M and Oregon.
What are the similarities between the two of the nation’s top offenses, and how do they project against Alabama’s defense?
Here are five ways that the battle with Texas A&M’s offense would prepare Alabama for a potential showdown with Oregon.