All ties aside, Tide has Texas A&M’s number

While Alabama and Texas A&M have not met that much on the field, playing only 10 times since 1942 with the Tide winning eight, the connections between the two programs make this a rivalry as much as anything.

Every self-respecting Bama fan knows that Paul “Bear” Bryant was coaching at Texas A&M when “Mama called,” and he returned to his alma mater in 1958. There was also Gene Stallings, who played for Bryant at A&M before coaching the Tide from 1990-96. And Jackie Sherrill, who played for Bryant at Alabama before coaching the Aggies from 1982-88.

On the field, it’s pretty much been all Bama, starting with a 29-21 win in the 1942 Cotton Bowl that secured the school’s 1941 national championship. Among the Tide’s other wins are a 23-10 win in Birmingham in 1985, a 30-10 win in College Station in what was known as the “Hurricane Bowl” in 1988 and the last five meetings in a row.

Bryant lifts Stallings after the 1968 Cotton Bowl | Photo courtesy Paul Bryant Museum

The Aggies’ only wins came in a 20-16 victory in the 1968 Cotton Bowl after which Bryant carried Stallings, his former player and assistant coach, off the field to help Stallings celebrate his team’s triumph and a 29-24 upset in their first trip to Bryant-Denny as a Southeastern Conference member in 2012. The win basically sealed the Heisman Trophy for Johnny Manzel, and the Aggies went on to finish in the Associate Press Top 5 for the first time since Bryant guided them there in 1956.

In its current five-game winning streak, Bama has outscored Texas A&M 209-98, including a 59-0 pasting in Tuscaloosa in 2014. H&A

Kickoff for Alabama-Texas A&M: 2:30 CST on CBS 

Photo courtesy Alabama Athletics 


Jimmy Creed

Jimmy Creed

Jimmy Creed is the former award-winning sports editor of The Anniston (Alabama) Star and editor of Saints Digest, the official team publication of the New Orleans Saints. He is a two-time winner of the Alabama Sports Writers Association Herby Kirby Award for the best sports story in the state of Alabama and has received numerous writing awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Motorsports Press Association. and the Alabama Press Association. He is also the author of NASCAR legend Donnie Allison's biography "Donnie Allison: As I Recall."
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