After taking down LSU hard last weekend, Mississippi State should be a walk in the park for undefeated Alabama.
The Crimson Tide further established themselves as the top team in the nation last weekend by convincingly dominating the Tigers at home. The game was close heading into halftime, with 'Bama leading 17-14, but a 21-3 second-half run put the repeat national champs past their SEC rivals with ease.
Mississippi State, on the other hand, has been abused by SEC teams all year long, posting a 1-4 record in conference play.
LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M all had huge games against the Bulldogs, and nobody should expect anything different this weekend when Alabama comes to visit.
That said, we've seen some crazy upsets already this season. Nothing's impossible in football, which is why we can't stop watching.
Here's a look at when and where you can catch the action, along with injury reports for both teams, a close examination of the biggest key to the game and my final prediction.
When: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:45 p.m. ET
Where: Davis Wade Stadium, Oktibbeha, Miss.
Live Streaming: Watch ESPN
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 52 points
- Spread: Mississippi State (+25.5)
Mississippi State Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Dak Prescott||QB||Ques Sat - Arm - 11/12/13|
|Gus Walley||TE||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/10/13|
|Brandon Hill||TE||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/10/13|
|Torrey Dale||DL||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/10/13|
|Jordan Washington||DL||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/10/13|
|Dee Arrington||DB||Out for season - Undisclosed - 11/12/13|
|Ferlando Bohanna||LB||Out for season - Concussion - 11/12/13|
|Justin Malone||OL||Out for season - Leg - 9/14/13|
Alabama Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Bradley Sylve||DB||Ques Sat - Ankle - 11/10/13|
|Dakota Ball||DL||Ques Sat - Undisclosed - 11/10/13|
|Dalvin Tomlinson||DL||Ques Sat - Knee - 11/10/13|
|Wilson Love||DL||Ques Sat - Concussion - 11/10/13|
|Alvin Kamara||RB||Ques Sat - Knee - 11/10/13|
|Vinnie Sunseri||DB||Out for season - Knee - 10/21/13|
|Nick Perry||DB||Out indefinitely - Shoulder - 9/25/13|
Will Dak Prescott Sink or Swim Against 'Bama's Stifling Defense?
Dak Prescott is a dual-threat quarterback who has taken over as the unquestioned leader of Mississippi State's offense. He leads the Bulldogs in both rushing and passing, matching Johnny Manziel as the only other SEC quarterback with that distinction.
Prescott has totaled 2,264 yards this year with 17 touchdowns (seven passing and 10 rushing), and he's even caught two touchdowns, but he won't be 100 percent in this game—if he even plays.
He's listed as questionable on the team's injury report after suffering an elbow injury in last weekend's game against Texas A&M.
Barring a complete letdown by Alabama's offense—which has been chugging right along at a hot pace since Ole Miss gave it a bit of trouble early in the year—the only way the Bulldogs will win on Saturday is if Dak Prescott has a monster game.
Mississippi State doesn't have much of a chance to win this game.
The best offensive weapon for the Bulldogs isn't healthy, which compounds the team's defensive woes against top SEC teams. In the three games against LSU, South Carolina and Texas A&M, the Bulldogs allowed 144 points.
Mississippi State doesn't feature an offense that has the potential to hurt the nation's top-ranked defense. Alabama will smother the running game of the Bulldogs, and a shutout isn't out of the question.
This is a contest in which you'd expect Nick Saban to be in a position to rest his starters by halftime. 'Bama will easily roll over Mississippi State to improve to 10-0.
Alabama wins 38-3.
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