“We know how small the window for error is,” said Bama senior linebacker Nico Johnson. “I think we thought that Texas A&M was new to the conference, and we'd be able to do enough to get by, and they beat us.
“We've got a new life now and have to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Because of the SEC schedule rotation, Alabama and Georgia haven't played since 2008. That's the year these fifth-year seniors arrived and began changing Bama's fortunes.