Since moving from the Big 12 Conference to the SEC in 2012, Texas A&M has played Alabama four times. The Crimson Tide has asserted their dominance on the Aggies, winning three of four matchups. The stakes for this year’s game have risen exponentially, as both teams are undefeated and fighting to stay in the national championship hunt.
Under head coach Nick Saban (pictured left), Alabama is a modern-day college football dynasty, winning four national titles in seven years, with no signs of stopping. The Crimson Tide have developed into an NFL factory that produces star-caliber talent every year, like WR Julio Jones, WR Amari Cooper, RB Eddie Lacy, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix — and the list goes on. Having these star-studded teams, backed by a rich tradition of winning — 16 national championships in school history — has cemented Alabama as the premier college football program in the country. The Crimson Tide is a defensive force that just so happens to also have a top-tier offense. Simply put, Alabama is really good. There is no question Alabama is the clear and deserved frontrunner for the 2016 national championship.
Since hiring head coach Kevin Sumlin (pictured right) in 2012, Texas A&M is 42-16. Sumlin has resurrected the proud college program. There is restored belief among the Aggie faithful that their team can and will compete against any opponent, and this Saturday’s showdown is the ultimate test as they travel to Tuscaloosa to upend the Alabama juggernaut. On paper, A&M has the offense to match Alabama in a shootout, but the Aggies’ leaky defense will need to step up if they are to have any chance at beating the No. 1 team in college football on the road. Sumlin and the Aggies are the biggest roadblock in Alabama’s journey for a fifth championship under Saban, and there is no reason to believe that it is not possible. Once a perennial underachiever, the Aggies are now a threat to end Alabama’s reign over the SEC.
This Saturday’s matchup is the biggest and hottest ticket in college football. The implications of this game will have a ripple effect throughout college football, as it will help determine who has a shot at the national title. TickPick has seen ticket sales increase over 40 percent for this game in the last month alone. It is no shock to us that sales are trending upward since the Alabama faithful are some of the most loyal and diehard fans in all of sport. They are foaming at the mouth to witness their team beat their biggest obstacle to another championship game. And Aggie fans in attendance believe their team has a chance to win and become a contender for the championship. As a result, ticket sales have surged and it appears they will continue to spike up to gameday. Tickets for Alabama vs. Texas A&M are only going to get more scarce and expensive, so be sure to get yours off TickPick, where there are no buyer fees. Do not miss this game as two championship-caliber teams will battle to claim the SEC and hopes for a shot at a championship.