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With a bye, A&M’s Sumlin just might have a Bama watch party before playing the Tide
at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Auburn, Alabama.

Being on a bye week has it’s advantages. Resting, getting healthy and taking some time away from the game mentally are very beneficial. There’s also the added (and obvious) benefit of having extra time to prepare for your next opponent. For No. 9 Texas A&M, that means No. 8 Alabama.

Coach Kevin Sumlin will look to prepare his team Saturday, both at practice and by possibly watching Alabama as they face Arkansas—a team the Aggies beat two weeks ago.

“We’ll have a chance to watch that,” Sumlin said, according to the Montgomery Adviser. “We’ll watch the game copy anyway and I’ll watch the TV copy later on in the week so it might save me a couple, three or four hours later on in the week.

“It’ll be interesting, but it will be nice for us to sit around and watch some other people yell and scream and sweat a little bit this weekend while we try to get healthy and get ready to play a week from now.”

Texas A&M will need the benefit of extra time to prepare, as next week’s game against the Crimson Tide will be used as a measuring stick for Sumlin—and the rest of the college football world—to see just how far his team has come.

“We better improve otherwise the same thing will happen,” Sumlin said, according to the Montgomery Adviser, in reference to last year’s 59-point shellacking.

[h/t Montgomery Adviser]

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