Alabama just etched an entry into Crimson Tide lore with a stomach-twisting road win over No. 9 LSU after the national title hopes went on life support.
Now, the top-ranked Crimson Tide face another huge, and much different, challenge. No. 15 Texas A&M visits Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night with a versatile quarterback and a high-speed offense that seldom takes a break.
Such is life in the Southeastern Conference.
''That wasn't the national championship game,'' Tide left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio said. ''We're not done. We've got more work to do. And we've got a different animal this week. That's how we approach it. ''
Alabama (9-0, 6-0) can secure a spot in the SEC championship game with a win.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel and the Aggies (7-2, 4-2 SEC) have already made a big splash in a league that's won six straight national championships. They have taken top 10 teams Florida and LSU down to the wire before losing both games by a combined eight points.