Alabama Football: When the last week four, SEC game ends Saturday, the SEC could have a new and unusual look.
A pecking order for Alabama football and a few other SEC programs will become evident on Saturday. Two games into a 10-game regular season, there will still be lots of football ahead. But the 0-2 teams will begin to look like bottom-feeders at worst and spoilers at best.
The teams at the top of the East and West divisions could also surprise. More on the SEC below, but first, notes on the Crimson Tide vs. the Aggies.
Alabama Football vs. Texas A&M Game Notes
- Nick Saban has the opportunity to take his record against former assistants to 20-0 with a victory over the Aggies. An Alabama football win will give Jimbo Fisher the lead in former-assistant losses to Saban. Going into the game, Fisher has three losses to Nick, tying him with Derek Dooley, Jim McElwain and Will Muschamp.
- Bryant-Denny Stadium is college football’s most difficult place for opposing teams. Per rolltide.com, the Crimson Tide’s, Bryant-Denny record is 272-54-3. That equates to a winning record of 83.1 percent. Boise State is No. 2 behind the Tide with a home stadium winning percentage of 82.9 percent.
- Given so many big Tide contests were played at Legion Field for decades, more recent data points are in order. The Crimson Tide is 83-8 at Bryant Denny (91.2 percent) under Nick Saban. The Tide has won 49 of its last 51 games in Tuscaloosa.
- Saturday will be the 13th meeting between the Crimson Tide and the Aggies. The Tide leads the series 10-2 and will look for an eighth consecutive win against the Aggies.
- Check out the shared history between the two schools.
- The game is on CBS at 2:30 PM, with the standard CBS crew of Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl. Eli Gold, John Parker Wilson and Rashad Johnson will have the radio call on the Crimson Tide Sports Network and Sirius/XM, 105/190
- Seating capacity will be 19,424.
How early SEC results could get unusually interesting
The Auburn vs. Georgia game in Athens will shake up the SEC. Should the Tigers win, along with Saturday wins by Florida and Tennessee, Georgia will drop to No. 3 in the SEC East.
If the Bulldogs take down the Aubies, the SEC West leaders could be most unusual. An Auburn loss, coupled with wins by the Crimson Tide and Mississippi State, would make Alabama and MSU the SEC West leaders.
How teams complete the season is over two months away. But if the Mississippi State Bulldogs are tied for the SEC West lead after Saturday, Mike Leach will start being mentioned as SEC Coach-of-the-Year.
Alabama football fans are somewhat torn about which team to pull for in Athens, GA. Rooting against the Aubies is common but Kirby Smart keeps it from being an easy decision.