Alabama Football: Three Bold Predictions for Bama vs Texas A&M

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2. Alabama Football runs for over 150 yards

The Alabama offensive line has not gotten any respect this week. Though the unit has had its obvious struggles, it has steadily improved every week. Leading up to this game, all the conversation has surrounded Texas A&M’s loaded defensive front, without many mentions of the Bama offensive line. If you listen to national narratives, this offensive line has no chance to block Texas A&M.

These narratives should be taken as disrespect by a prideful unit that views itself as a Joe Moore Award contender. Sure, it hasn’t lived up to that billing so far, but I think this group is due for a “prove it” game.

On paper, the offensive line is just as talented as its counterparts on the Texas A&M defensive line. The Tide’s seven-man rotation up front features three former 4-star recruits (Darrian Dalcourt, Terrence Ferguson, and Tyler Booker) as well as three former 5-stars (JC Latham, Elijah Pritchett, and Kadyn Proctor) per 247Sports.

Only center Seth McLaughlin, a 3-star recruit in the class of 2020, was not considered a blue chip player. Bama’s starting tackles, JC Latham and Kadyn Proctor, were both top-five players in their class regardless of position.

If the offensive line can block effectively and create running lanes for Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams, it will be a long day for the Aggies. While these two senior backs will receive most of the carries, quarterback Jalen Milroe and true freshman running back Justice Haynes are the home run threats that could break off a big play against A&M.

When it’s all said and done, I think Alabama eclipses 150 yards against an A&M defense that is allowing just 96 yards per game on the ground.