Texas A&M announced once and for all that it will be a force to be reckoned with in the SEC, defeating No. 1 Alabama, 29-24, Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
In the aftermath of the upset victory, Aggie fans are understandably jubilant, but they are also somewhat puzzled. The Crimson Tide were able to find success running the ball against A&M, but Alabama's offense did not stick to the ground game. Ranger222, writer for Good Bull Hunting, SB Nation's Texas A&M blog, couldn't help but wonder what Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier was thinking:
Just like last week in Baton Rouge, I thought Alabama put too much on McCarron. Now I'm a firm believer that McCarron is the best QB we've seen all season. But Alabama was dominating us at the line of scrimmage and wearing us down. Huge mistake to move away from it in my opinion, but whatever.
Ranger222 wasn't the only fan questioning Nussmeier's play-calling. Over at Roll 'Bama Roll, SB Nation's Alabama blog, outsidethesidelines took Nussmeier to task for relying too much on the passing game:
The more concerning issue was arguably offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who has looked well in over his head the past two weekends. After refusing to embrace the successful running game in Baton Rouge despite the Tide's struggles in the passing game, Nussmeier face-planted yet again yesterday afternoon by abandoning a running game that was having success and which Texas A&M never actually stopped on a consistent basis.
Alabama rushed 31 times for 122 yards against Texas A&M, and considering A.J. McCarron's struggles -- he threw two interceptions -- it's easy to see why fans would question Nussmeier's decisions.