It's been called the 90-Mile Drive and the Battle for Highway 82 that connects these SEC schools.
Whatever you call it, the Alabama-Mississippi State annual contest brings high stakes in its 2010 incarnation.
For MSU, defeating Alabama in Tuscaloosa will move them into third place in the SEC West and propel them in the BCS and national rankings. It's already a season to remember in Starkville, and beating the Tide will only cap it off--almost being sweeter than beating hated rival Ole Miss.
For the Crimson Tide, their season now hangs on whether or not they can pick up the shattered pieces of a once-promising run for a consecutive national championship game appearance. With that dream gone, the Tide must decide if it shows up or folds its collective tents and waits 'till next year.
In one of the oldest SEC rivalry games (the series began in 1896), Alabama has an overwhelming advantage in wins.
But in the past fourteen meetings, the Bulldogs have emerged victorious in six of them, including two of the last four.
For the following five reasons, it is possible that this year, the Bulldogs will win again.