Alabama vs. Texas A&M: How to watch online, live stream info, game time, TV channel. No. 2 Alabama makes its home debut on Saturday afternoon as it hosts No. 13 Texas A&M in the Aggies’ first game of the season. Kickoff from Tuscaloosa is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
The Crimson Tide opened their season with a 38-19 win at Missouri. Jaylen Waddle had a big game with eight receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns, and Najee Harris ran for three TDs.
Who: No. 13 Texas A&M (8-5, 4-4 SEC in 2019) at No. 2 Alabama (1-0, 1-0).
When: Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020.
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (101,821).
Announcers: Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl.
See some of what John Zenor of the Associated Press wrote about Waddle stepping into a larger role this season.
Waddle and DeVonta Smith still represent a formidable receiving duo for the Tide, as evidenced by their big games in the opening 3 8-19 win over Missouri. But Smith put up huge offensive numbers already last season, while Waddle could get targeted more than ever while remaining a threat returning punts.
Both are regarded as potential first-round draft picks.
Now Waddle has a greater mastery of all the receiving positions, too, so Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian can move him around more.
“Before he was mostly a slot guy, but now he can make plays anywhere on the field,” Saban said Monday. “I think that’s very helpful. You expect people to try to double (team) guys like him.
“So when you can move him around, it makes it a little bit more difficult for the defense.”
Waddle picked up where he left off at the end of the regular season in 2019. He had three receiving touchdowns and 98-yard kickoff return against Auburn in the finale and opened with two more TD catches versus Missouri in last week’s opener, He finished with eight catches for 134 yards last Saturday.
The 5-foot-10, 182-pounder has been a reliable playmaker his first two seasons. He’s averaging 17.9 yards on his 86 career catches with 15 touchdowns.
But Waddle showed his electric potential throughout while returning punts, even when he wasn’t getting the ball thrown his way with such regularity. He has led the Southeastern Conference and ranked in the Top-5 nationally as a freshman and sophomore. Last season his school-record 24.4-yard average easily led the nation.
Waddle’s biggest plays against Missouri came as a receiver since he never got a ball punted to him. He leapt for one catch across the middle and immediately clutched the ball close with two Missouri defenders closing in to hit him.
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