When Alabama and Texas A&M kickoff on Saturday at 3:30 ET, the temperature will be nearly 100 degrees. The temps on the field will likely be a lot hotter, and with players in full pads, it will be an oven. Will the heat be a factor in the game?
It’s still hot in Tuscaloosa this time of year, and the Crimson Tide are used to practicing in the summer heat. In addition, Alabama will be wearing their road whites, which won’t soak up as much heat as the Aggies home maroon.
Alabama is a well-conditioned team, and is prepared for the heat. Still, Texas A&M will attempt to wear down the Tide offense with their spread offense, and defensive backs that get fatigued can get beaten with the deep ball in the later rounds.
In order to combat the draining effects of the Texas sun, Alabama will want to control the clock, keeping their defense rested and ready for any late-game heroics by Johnny Football.