Tide schedule preview: Texas A&M

Editor's note: The season is nearly upon us, and TideNation is taking steps to get you ready for every one of Alabama's regular-season opponents. Every Tuesday and Thursday we'll go through each week of the Crimson Tide's schedule, starting with the season-opener against Virginia Tech and closing with the finale against Auburn.

The rundown

2012 overall record: 11-2

2012 SEC record: 6-2, tied for second in the West

Record all time against Alabama: 2-3

Last meeting: Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24 in 2012

Starters returning

Offense: 6; Defense: 6; Kicker/punter: 1

Top returners

WR Mike Evans, CB Deshazor Everett, RB Ben Malena, QB Johnny Manziel, OT Jake Matthews

Key losses

LT Luke Joeckel, DE Damontre Moore, OLB Sean Porter, WR Ryan Swope, FS Steven Terrell

2012 statistical leaders (*returners)

Rushing: Johnny Manziel* (524 yards)

Passing: Johnny Manziel* (2,967 yards)

Receiving: Mike Evans* (953 yards)

Tackles: Damontre Moore (119)

Sacks: Damontre Moore (5.5)

Interceptions: Deshazor Everett* (2)