Mississippi State vs Alabama
When: Saturday October 27, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium
Mississippi State is on the verge of doing something special. They are also in for a tough time as the schedule gets really hard during the last month of the season. There are few possible outcomes that can help build up the Bulldog’s program. Winning outright would be great, and should put them in the top five by weekend’s end. Teams don’t play for moral victories, but a close hard fought loss wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen to Mississippi State. One thing Mississippi State needs to avoid is an early blowout without being competitive.
Alabama has its first true test of the season in the SEC. Like Mississippi State, their schedule gets tougher, and they must play their best to finish out the season undefeated. The Crimson Tide possesses talent up and down the roster on both sides of the ball. AJ McCarron hasn’t thrown an interception yet this season.
Are they tough enough to win the battle up front? That will be the key to the game. Starting quarterback Tyler Russell has thrown one interception so far this season. He has the ability to attack the Alabama defense with the pass. If they can get the Crimson Tide on their heels, the Bulldog’s offense will balance out the attack. LaDarius Perkins should be ready to carry the load for Mississippi State.
Their defense has to play sound in all phases of the game. They must tackle, force turnovers and even score if they get the chance. Alabama doesn’t make many mistakes, so they must be aware of all opportunities. They have the defensive ability to make it a game. Now they have to show it on the field.
They’ll punch you right in the gut with the offensive line. The running game with Lacy and Yeldon are a lethal combo. The Crimson Tide is going to try and wear the Bulldogs down in the trenches. It’s the same formula they have for every game. McCarron will get his chance to throw a couple touchdowns as well. Cooper is becoming a big time threat on the outside that Mississippi State has to deal with.
Their defense is ranked first overall, and have not displayed any weaknesses so far this season. They will be challenged physically up front and down field in the passing game. They’ll put more pressure on the quarterback than he’s seen in any game this season. The most points they’ve given up in a game is 14 and they have two shutouts.
Alabama is playing at home and they will win. This game will be a hard fought contest that will put pressure on the Alabama secondary. Mississippi State just won’t have enough to get the job done on Saturday.
Mississippi State 17
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