This story is part of an 11-week long breakdown BamaOnLine is doing of every game on Alabama’s 2018 schedule (sorry, The Citadel). And we continue the series with Texas A&M.

To cap Texas A&M week, here’s a look at the BamaOnLine staff’s way-too-early score predictions for Alabama’s Week 4 SEC game against the Aggies, coming out of spring practice.

Charlie Potter: Alabama 41, Texas A&M 20

Texas A&M only lost three players to the NFL Draft, but two of them -- Christian Kirk and Armani Watts -- were multi-year contributors. Still, the Aggies have a lot returning for the first season of the Jimbo Fisher era, including players like running back Trayveon Williams, linebacker Tyrel Dodson and defensive lineman Landis Durham, each of whom led the team in rushing, tackles and sacks, respectively, in 2017. According to South Point sportsbook, Alabama is a 20-point home favorite over A&M, and for a team that will be playing its first road game of the season -- and for a way-too-early prediction -- I think that sounds about right.

Travis Reier: Alabama 34, Texas A&M 16

The buzz heading into the game will center on Jimbo Fisher and his offense going against former boss Nick Saban for a second straight year. A&M’s best bet of keeping this one close, however, will hinge on a defense led by linebackers Tyrel Dodson and Otaro Alaka and defensive linemen Kingsley Keke and Landis Durham. Led by that quartet, the Aggies might be able to ugly it up in a fashion similar to what we saw in College Station last season.

Kirk McNair: Alabama 38, Texas A&M 17

Those who consider college football to be very much a coaches’ game likely see Texas A&M making a big step up with Jimbo Fisher replacing Kevin Sumlin. The Aggies have two quarterbacks with Nick Starkel the more dangerous and a solid running back in Trayveon Williams, but a suspect receiving corps with Christian Kirk and company all gone. A&M will miss defensive back Armani Watts and punter Shane Tripucka. In a year or two, A&M may be Alabama’s top competition in the SEC West, but not this year. Bama is also the first road game of the year for the Aggies.

Hank South: Alabama 34, Texas A&M 14

Texas A&M has enough experience back on both sides of the ball to keep it competitive, but I don’t think either quarterback presents much of a threat to Alabama, especially if the Tide’s defensive front can create pressure. Nick Saban moves to 13-0 against his former assistants.

Tim Watts: Alabama 34, Texas A&M 20

This will be a showcase game in front of a national audience, and Alabama will be motivated to play against the Jimbo Fisher-led Aggies. Najee Harris has a big game for the Tide.

Now, what say you?

Other way-too-early score predictions from the BamaOnLine staff:

Sept. 1: Louisville

Sept. 8: Arkansas State

Sept. 15: at Ole Miss

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