Although the University of Alabama football team was able to get out of the Lone Star State with a 27-19 victory at Texas A&M last Saturday, the Crimson Tide hit a bit of a speed bump in College Station.
Both coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide players who were made available to reporters after the game expressed disappointment and frustration that Alabama didn’t put the game away until recovering an onside kick in the final seconds.
“I thought that we could have played a lot better,” senior linebacker Rashaan Evans added on Tuesday. “To be honest with you, we played our hearts out. You saw the effort and the type of energy that we had out there. We wanted to play the best game that we could play, but I felt like, as far as execution, we could’ve done a lot better.”
While Alabama is doing a little soul searching as it prepares to face Arkansas on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET, ESPN), Christopher Walsh and Marq Burnett take stock of what the game meant in regard to the Crimson Tide’s goal of winning a fourth straight SEC title, if not more, and where the team goes from here.
Alabama came into the Texas A&M game having outscored its opponents 231-43, with an edge of 125-3 against its first two league foes. In this week’s edition of Sound Off, presented by Zaxby’s, SEC Country’s Christopher Walsh and Marq Burnett debate what’ll be the toughest part to the rest of the 2017 schedule, among other things.
Sound Off: Texas A&M ramifications and outlook moving forward
Here are some timestamps to guide you:
- Marq and Christopher give some final thoughts about the win over the Aggies. Marq offers his biggest takeaway about the victory and why he thinks it was sort of a perfect storm (0:30), and Christopher starts to look at how it fits into the big picture of the 2017 season (1:00). Will we be hearing any more about rat poison?
- Marq gives some initial thoughts on Arkansas and the timing of the game Saturday for both teams (2:20).
- Christopher offers which team he has more questions about after Alabama at Texas A&M. His answer might surprise you (2:45).
- Other than junior defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was named defensive player of the week by the SEC and some national outlets, who stood out on the defense against the Aggies? Marq gives an emphatic answer about a player he thinks looked like “a man possessed” (3:45), while Christopher supplemented with another who has stepped forward following an injury to a teammate (4:30).
- With Alabama having played six games, and six more to go in the regular season, Marq and Christopher look ahead to the next couple of months (5:00). Marq pinpoints one game that he believes will be the toughest challenge (5:20), while Christopher considers a possible scenario that could cause the Crimson Tide to change its approach to the stretch run (6:20).
- Marq gives his evaluation on the state of the SEC (7:00), and which of the potential challengers for the league title remind him of Alabama last season.
- Both finally touch upon on the upcoming game against Arkansas, and what quarterback Austin Allen means to the Razorbacks (8:00). If he can’t go against the Crimson Tide due to a shoulder injury, does Arkansas have a realistic chance at Bryant-Denny Stadium? Marq draws on last season’s game to back up his argument, and Christopher admits to why Marq gave him grief about Arkansas loss to South Carolina last week (9:00).
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