Head coach Kevin Sumlin and the Texas A&M Aggies are playing host to the defending National Champions, Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday. This game has the full weight of the hype machine behind it, but coach Sumlin isn’t hyping it up and thinking of it as just another game.
From the Dallas Morning News:
“Moving into this week, for us, it’s our first league game, and our goal is to win the West and get to Atlanta and win the SEC Championship,” coach Kevin Sumlin said. “In order to do that, you start with your league, in particularly your division. This week becomes our first league game. Our fans are excited, obviously our guys are excited, and it’s going to be a heck of a game.”
Sumlin isn’t down playing the significance of the Alabama-Texas A&M game, he is just trying to get the fans to see the bigger picture, an SEC Championship, which usually means a BCS National Championship game appearance.
The key for A&M might be the normal and consistent approach of “just another game.” Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer said he used to run up scores to intimidate opponents before they ever got to Norman, in this case the normal approach and downplaying the outside hype can help the Aggies keep their nerves in check ahead of a big game.