It’s never too early to talk a little Alabama, Texas A&M, right?
Paul Finebaum joined ESPN Radio’s SVP and Russillo to talk a little SEC football, most notably the SEC’s most anticipated matchup and biggest revenge game between the Tide and Aggies.
Finebaum alluded to it being a different kind of year for Texas A&M and added they will be good, but they aren’t going to beat Alabama again – and it isn’t going to be close, via Coaching Search.
“Obviously, everyone’s fixated on Sept. 14, when Alabama shows up. I’ve already said I think Alabama is going to win that game, and I think they’re going to win it easily. That doesn’t make A&M a bad program. They’re top five in the country, and Manziel is certainly on everyone’s list to repeat, although we both know he won’t. … Even though it is a revenge game for Alabama, I think the pressure’s on A&M. They’re still newbies with all this fame and fortune.”
Finebaum said Alabama would beat the Aggies when he made his ESPN debut back in May. But he’s added to his optimism by saying, ‘Bama will win easily’.
Finebaum is assuming the Aggies will crumble under the pressure of top dog Alabama coming to town, and dealing with a target on their back is something Alabama succeeds at, not Texas A&M.
But nothing about beating Texas A&M is easy, and dual-threat quarterbacks have been all but easy for Nick Saban and his defense in recent years. Cam Newton, Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow are three who come to mind who have used their dual-threat nastiness to take down the Tide. And Manziel isn’t getting slower, and he should improve as a passer.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Alabama in the game, but I don’t share the same sentiments of it being an easy victory.