In what is unveiling to be a season of firsts and lasts, this Tide team appears to be peaking at the right time to finish the season. Yesterday marked the first time in Nick Saban's career that he has posted back to back 10-0 starts, and the first time Alabama has done it since 1973 and 1974.
It also marks the 29th game in a row that the Tide has not allowed a rusher a 100 yard game, and last night Alabama held Miss. State to about half it's season average in rushing.
This is the year Alabama will have to win the SEC Championship to preserve it's record of winning at least one in every decade since a champion has been named. This is certainly proving to be an important year for the history books.
Saturday night brought out yet another team "Blackout" against Alabama, and another Alabama blowout result. Gimmicks haven't worked against Alabama since the arrival of Nick Saban, just hard work and except for the kickoff return team, Mississippi State had little of that to show.
"We had several goals coming into this game", said Nick Saban, "We wanted to dominate from beginning to end, we wanted some explosive offensive plays and we wanted to contain number 24 (Miss. State sensational running back Anthony Dixon) and overall I thought we did a pretty good job against a very good team."
Mississippi State a very good team? For those of you who forgot, LSU had to stop them on the goal line to preserve a win, and they played Florida right to the end. This is the worst loss they've had this season, and the first time they've been held without a touchdown.
This was a team not willing to overlook a dangerous, yet unranked, opponent that no other team was able to dominate in such smothering fashion. To a man, every Alabama player says, "It's one game at a time." But they do have long range goals in mind.
This was a game that many felt was a trap game for the Tide. They had already secured an SEC Championship game slot, a major BCS Bowl at the least, and they were playing a team after an exciting and emotional win over LSU.
However, that trap failed to spring. This was one of the more determined, nose to the grindstone wins that Alabama has had all year, but it would be foolish to say they're not looking ahead just a little.
Coming off the field someone shouted to Alabama's imposing nose guard, affectionately known as Mt. Cody, "How does it feel to be 10-0 again?", and his reply was short, sweet, and simple, "Not as good as 14-0 will feel!"
And with all the stars and stats aligning for them, that may be a possibility. As was predicted in the article http://bleacherreport.com/articles/288611-alabama-and-florida-shocking-statistics-and-how-they-will-change, Alabama did beat Mississippi State worse than Florida did, much worse in fact, and Florida defeated South Carolina by less points than Alabama did.
Alabama started last week with Alabama and Florida both beating common opponents by exactly 57 points. That has now swung to Alabama's favor by 22 points. Alabama appears to be peaking while Florida appears to be stagnating.
Overall, most all of Florida's offensive statistics are down from last year, while Alabama's offensive statistics are much higher. The same can said for the defensive statistics as well.
So with everything aligning for a monumental clash in the SEC Championship that could favor Alabama, Tide fans must first wait through two more games, and continue to hope.