There's a reason that No. 11 Mississippi State (7-0) is knocking on the door of the Top 10 and sitting without a loss on the season—they are a quality football team.
But there's a reason that No. 1 Alabama (7-0) is undefeated and widely considered the best football team in the nation—because they are.
Look, the Bulldogs have quite a lot going for them.
Junior QB Tyler Russell has quietly put together a phenomenal season, completing 60 percent of his passes for 1,573 yards, 15 touchdowns and only one interception.
His fellow classmate, RB LaDarius Perkins, has also had a great season thus far, averaging nearly six yards per carry and finding the end zone eight times.
Mississippi State has a potent offense, but Russell and the rest of his teammates have never seen a defense quite as complex—and effective—as what he's going to see unfold before him Saturday night.
As a matter of fact, Mississippi State hasn't played anyone remotely close to Alabama. The "big wins" on their schedule? Auburn, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Not exactly the cream of the crop.
To be fair, Alabama's schedule doesn't exactly resemble the most difficult thing in the world either, with Michigan standing as their lone win against ranked teams.
But let's be real—Alabama has better players at every position on both sides of the ball.
Nobody allows fewer points or rushing yards than Alabama does, and they are second against the pass.
The Bulldogs defense ranks ninth in scoring, 25th against the pass and 47th against the run.
They very well may be able to slow down Alabama QB A.J. McCarron for a bit.
But the talent gap is simply too great for the Bulldogs to bridge.
Still not convinced that Alabama's got this one in the bag?
Alabama has won last 4 meetings with Mississippi St. Combined score in those games? 117-27. Yup. #MSUvsALA @ 8:30 ET on ESPN—ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 27, 2012
Alabama's going to run away with this one and not look back.