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November 9, 2012

No. 15 Aggies vs. No. 1 Tide



Alabama coach Nick Saban knows facing the Texas A&M defense will be a challenge.

"Their defense is really good — they are very aggressive, they do a lot of different things, they run a lot of pressures," he said. "They are very, very aggressive in terms of loading the box and they are going to stop the run at just about all costs ... they have good players and have been pretty successful doing the things that they do."

Along with the talented skill players, the Crimson Tide has an offensive line filled with players who look to be headed for an NFL career. Texas A&M defensive linemen said this week that Snyder normally puts a star by a couple of top players on a team each week. This week every lineman had that star.

Alabama left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio is aware of the play-making ability of Moore, who has blossomed into A&M's top player this season after shedding some off the field trouble early in his career.

"I've heard he's a good player," Kouandjio said. "I've heard he's a high energy, high motor player. I can't wait to play against him."

Most people figured that Texas A&M's offense would be able to hold its own in the move from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference this season, but some doubted that the defense could find success in the league. The Aggies don't mind that the offense gets the lion's share of the publicity. In fact, senior defensive lineman Spencer Nealy thinks the offense should probably get even more credit than it does for its success.

The Aggies have fared better against the run than the pass this year and are sixth in the SEC in run defense.

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