Early look at the odds for the A&M clash between Alabama and Texas

As if college football couldn’t come sooner, Jimbo Fisher dropped a bombshell on us by hitting back at Nick Saban in his press conference last Thursday.

After weeks of Saban making derogatory comments about Texas A&M’s #1 recruiting class of 2022, Fisher finally responded and didn’t hold back.

Have a drink every time Jimbo says “despicable.”

Alabama vs. Texas A&M: October 8, time TBD

October 8th has now become a must-watch on TV, with this development akin to a WWE promo. The best part? You can already bet on this at various sports bets, including at FanDuel.

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It’s safe to say that Fisher is confident after giving Alabama its only regular-season loss last season, 41-38. While the result says Texas A&M won, it came as a surprise when Alabama won on the stat sheet. Still, a win is a win.

Now-retired quarterback Zach Calzada led with 285 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception while hitting wide receiver Ainias Smith six times for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

The scoring pace came as a shock to Texas A&M as they finished the season in 53rd place in offensive finishing drives.

Jimbo Fisher and Nick Saban.
Jimbo Fisher salutes Nick Saban during their 2021 matchup.
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Texas A&M has questions about the quarterback starting in 2022, with Haynes King currently listed as a starter on the depth chart. King threw for 300 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in 2021 before an injury derailed his season.

While the Aggies compete with a low offensive TARP (Transferring Assets and Returning Production) of 58 percent, they won’t be lacking in talent with the Recruitment class Saban claims they paid for. The nation’s No. 1 class has plenty of time to pull itself together ahead of the Oct. 8 matchup.

If a team wants to beat ‘Bama, their defense needs to be strengthened. In recent years, Alabama has evolved into an attacking juggernaut that has embraced the pace of football today.

This year will be no different, with Heisman winner Bryce Young midway through the sophomore year.

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The Aggies did a modest job of getting to him last time out, sacking Young four times and intercepting him once. The second half proved to be a different story as Alabama outplayed them in the third and fourth quarters.

New faces will be all over the defensive side of the Aggies this year as they have a 46 percent defensive TARP mark.

Don’t let Saban’s comments fool you; He’s very comfortable with his second-place recruit class going into this season — even if Fisher isn’t happy with the way football’s czar is getting his recruits.

It’s a Saban Revenge Tour as Alabama lost to Georgia 33-18 in the national championship. Coincidentally, the Aggies mark the first revenge game for the Tide.

Choice between Alabama and Texas A&M

It’s never easy to project games ahead, but there’s no chance I’ll be up against a pissed off Saban – especially with the current number of -16. I expect that range to be between -17.5 and -21.5 if Texas A&M stumbles against Miami early in the season.

While both clear up offensive issues, Alabama has more breathing room as college football’s best quarterback returns.

No chance of Saban taking his foot off the gas. He probably wouldn’t do it anyway, but that cloud of dust added even more fuel to the fire.

Get Alabama now on anything under -17. Then there’s a potential opportunity to add Texas A&M pre-game for a small mid shot or wait for an early blowout for a bigger gap.

Hell has no anger like Saban’s scorn.

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