Crimson Tide, Aggies Make Final Preparations For Titanic Clash

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala.(WHNT)-It's a game so big they may need to call Steven Spielberg in to direct.

Top-ranked Alabama and No. 6 Texas A&M put the finishing touches on their battle plans Thursday, with Saturday's titanic showdown in College Station, Texas closing in. WHNT News 19 will broadcast the game, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. We'll also be airing a pre-game special beginning at 1 p.m.

Alabama is looking to avenge it's only loss from 2012. But they'll have to do it against the backdrop of new agent allegations that surfaced this week, which drew the ire of Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban.

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Forecasters are calling for game-time temperatures in the high 90's Saturday at Kyle Field. Alabama is an eight-point favorite over Texas A&M, which is averaging an astounding 59 points per game in its first two contests. The Crimson Tide are hoping to improve on their week one offensive performance against Virginia Tech, which Quarterback A.J. McCarron admits was less than stellar.

"You're gonna have some growing pains any time you have three new offensive linemen, and some guys who have never played a game of college football in their lives" said McCarron. "I think the biggest thing is to stay calm...make sure communication is the number one key for us."

Texas A&M is led by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who created his signature moment against Alabama ten months ago. Manziel passed for 253 yards and rushed for another 93 in the Aggies' famous 29-24 upset in Tuscaloosa. But Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin says his team is still the underdog in 2013.

"It's hard to argue that right now they [Alabama] are not the standard in college football," said Sumlin. "For this to be a game of this magnitude in our second year of this league tells you we're on the right track, and we've got to keep climbing. But we've got a lot of respect for Alabama, a lot of respect for Nick Saban and how they do things."