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The Texas A&M-Alabama matchup in the third week of the season is the game that everyone is going to talk about during the offseason. Right now it appears it will match two top five teams against each other.
By the time the third week of the season rolls around it could be a matchup of No. 1 Alabama against No. 2 Texas A&M. It is one of the most highly anticipated games in Kyle Field history.
Alabama is coming off a 12-1 season in which they won the national title. The only blemish on their record was their 29-24 loss at home to Texas A&M.They will be looking to avenge that loss when they travel to Kyle Field on September 14.
The Tide lose six starters on defense and six starters on offense from their national championship squad. Alabama does not rebuild, they simply reload so they will be the favorite to win it all in 2013 despite the personnel losses.
Alabama will have some questions to answer on their offensive line where they must replace three starters including all-world offensive guard Chance Warmack.
They lose sledgehammer running back Eddie Lacy to the NFL, but will replace him with uber-recruit Derrick Henry. T.J. Yeldon returns at running back after rushing for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshmen.
If the new Alabama OL can open any holes then Alabama has plenty of running backs who will be able to take advantage. A.J. McCarron returns for his senior season at quarterback. Amari Cooper had 1,000 yards receiving as a freshman for the Tide.
On defense Alabama returns Ha Ha Clinton-Dix at safety, along with five other starters. The Tide defense has plenty of talent throughout their two-deep and should once again be among the top five defense in the country.
This game should be a tremendous matchup putting two of the top teams in the country against one another. It will be interesting to see how Nick Saban tries to defend the Aggies' offense after having an entire offseason to prepare.
This game will likely be won by whichever team makes the fewest turnovers. Since the game is at Kyle and the Ags still have Johnny Manziel under center, they have a slight edge in this matchup.
Expect running back Brandon WIlliams to announce his presence to the nation against the Tide.
Prediction: Texas A&M 31 Alabama 21