Alabama Crimson Tide: 2020 Opponents rated better or worse than 2019

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Better than 2019 – Texas A&M Aggies (Nov. 14 in Tuscaloosa)

The Aggies return 14 starters from the 2019 season. More importantly, their returning productivity is 80 percent on offense and 74 percent on defense. At No. 16 in the FBS, Texas A&M leads the SEC in returning production from last season.

The 2020 schedule is favorable to the Aggies improving on last season’s 8-5 record. Out-of-conference, there will be only a small challenge from Colorado. Heading to Tuscaloosa in November, Jimbo’s team could be 10-0, or 9-1 if losing to Auburn.

The Aggies have several weaknesses despite the returning production. Pass protection must improve to give Kellen Mond more time and keep him healthy. Mond coming close to his considerable potential would make the Aggies a serious threat. Young receivers need to produce and lack of depth at running back is a concern. Is Jimbo the sharp offensive mind and QB-Guru, the Aggies wagered big dollars on?

Mike Elko’s defense improved last season. Even so, LSU put up 50 points on them and the Alabama Crimson Tide scored 47. More improvement is required.

An improved team will likely falter in the last two weeks of November. Closing with LSU and the Crimson Tide does not bode well for any team.

Texas A&M Prediction for Nov. 21 in Tuscaloosa – A better Aggies’ team will be more competitive against the Tide but lose again.