After breezing through a five-game stretch filled with dominant play, top-ranked Alabama endured a sloppy performance before putting away a scrappy Mississippi State team in a 20-7 win.
The game mirrored the Tide’s last trip to Starkville in 2011. Coincidentally, this game also continued a recent trend of the Tide coming out flat in the week following the annual slugfest against LSU.
The Tide’s offense struggled to gain a consistent rhythm, but Nick Saban's defense stepped up to hold the Bulldogs off the scoreboard until the third quarter.
Meanwhile, Dan Mullen’s club repeatedly cost itself chances to put pressure on a Tide team that was facing uncharacteristic periods of struggle.
What are the main takeaways from the Tide’s win over the Bulldogs?