Saturday will be a match up loaded with NFL talent with the number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) take on the Texas A&M Aggies (4-1). This is the fourth time that Kevin Sumlin’s Aggies have faced Alabama while they have been ranked number 1. The Aggies record is 1-2 in those games with the only win coming in 2012 with the emergence of Johnny Football in that stunning game. Make sure to check out the following players when watching the game Saturday at 7:15 PM ET on ESPN.
Alabama Crimson Tide
Minkah Fitzpatrick, S
Fitzpatrick is one of the top prospects in this year’s draft class. He is a versatile play-maker who is able to play any defensive back position. Fitzpatrick has a high football IQ and excels in reading the quarterback. His ability to float from his assignment to the ball will allow him to slow down Christian Kirk’s big play ability in this game.
Calvin Ridley, WR
Ridley is one of the top wide receivers in this year’s draft class. He is an explosive athlete and is a vertical threat with his speed. Ridley is not just an explosive athlete, he has the ability to run every route in the route tree and shows sure hands. Ridley will need to be leaned on if Alabama’s running game is not able to get going versus a strong rush defense in Texas A&M.
Bo Scarbrough, RB
Scarbrough is not the feature back in this run offense with the carries being split between him, Damien Harris and Jalen Hurts. He shows good burst with his combination of size and athletic ability. Scarbrough is a physical runner who is able to lower his shoulder and power through the hole. His power running ability along with Jalen Hurts will be the focal point of Alabama’s offensive attack for this game.
Texas A&M Aggies
Kirk is considered by many as the top wide receiver in the draft class. He became the first Aggie in program history to post back-to-back 80 catch seasons. Kirk is a fast, fluid athlete with big play ability not just as a receiver but also as a returner. He will be tested against a physical, tough secondary that Alabama brings. Kirk’s ability to get open will be the key for the Aggies offense.
Watts was considered one of the top safety prospects after last season but decided to return for his senior season. He first burst onto the scene with an outstanding 2015 season racking up 126 tackles. Listed as a free safety, Watts does play both safety positions and excels in run support. For the Aggies to be able to slow down this run-heavy Alabama offense Watts will be the key being the extra man in the box.
Daylon Mack, DT
The Aggies lost a pair of very talented defensive linemen in the draft last season in Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall but this season they have a different kind of defensive line talent in 6-foot-1 320 pound Daylon Mack who plays the three technique inside. Mack is strong at the point of attack and gets good penetration. He is also slippery for a big guy and is able to get off blocks to make a tackle in the backfield. Mack will test the interior offensive line of Alabama and will slow Alabama’s powerful rushing attack.