TUSCALOOSA, AL, Sporting Alert – The race for the SEC regular season title heats up on Saturday with No. 1 Alabama playing host to No. 6 Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa.
Both programs are undefeated so far this season and are the only two remaining SEC teams left.
What this means is that some one will be tasting defeat for the first time this season, and according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, the Crimson Tide have a 76.7 percent chance to beat the Aggies at home.
Last week Alabama (7-0) hammered then-No. 9 Tennessee 49-10 to extend its healthy winning streak to 19 games, dating back to last year, which is the longest in the country.
The streak also ties the 2009 team for the longest mark under coach Nick Saban.
The Crimson Tide are hunting their fifth win over AP Top 25 ranked teams this season, following wins over USC, Ole Miss, Arkansas and the Volunteers.
Alabama has won 10 straight home games when ranked No. 1.
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Interestingly, its last loss as a No. 1 side in the country came against Texas A&M in 2012.
In the meantime, Texas A&M survived a thrilling double-overtime battle against Tennessee last time out to stay unbeaten.
The Aggies (6-0) are aiming to start a season 7-0 for the first time since 1994.
Can they do it?
We will just have to wait and see.
Also don’t forget at 3:30, another of the country’s top teams, No. 3 Michigan, will also be in action against Illinois at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines (6-0) are aiming to win seven straight games to start the season for the first time since 2006.
They are also looking to win seven games in a row at any time during a season for the first time since 2007.
The last time Michigan won six consecutive games to the start a season was in 2011.
Jim Harbaugh’s men have a 98.6 percent chance to beat Illinois, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
The Fighting Illini (2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 24-7 victory over Rutgers in a Big Ten battle last time out.