Texas A&M vs. Alabama: Despite LSU win, Tide stay focused

Matthew Stockman

Nick Saban and No. 1 Alabama are focused on their meeting with No. 15 Texas A&M this weekend, as Saban noted that the Crimson Tide "have a lot of respect" for the Aggies.

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban stuck to his personal 24-hour celebration rule after the team's dramatic 21-17 victory over the LSU Tigers last weekend, forcing his players to focus on the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies' trip to town.

Saban told the press on Monday (via AggieSports.com) that he and his players are well aware of the challenge that the Aggies will bring to the top-ranked Crimson Tide:

"We've got to forget about this last game. We've got to move on. I told the players that right after the game. I think they have a lot of respect for this team. It'd be pretty difficult not to respect this team based on their body of work and what they've accomplished this season."

Saban has a good reason for making sure his players fully prepare for A&M; if the Crimson Tide can get past the Aggies on Saturday, they should be able to glide through their final two games against 1-9 Western Carolina and 2-7 Auburn without much trouble.

Texas A&M has a reason to hold some hope going into its contest against the mighty Tide: Alabama's defense allowed 475 yards to LSU last week, which is the most it has ever allowed under Saban.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, and the game will be televised on CBS.

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