The Alabama Crimson Tide are looking to rebound from their loss against LSU last week against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Alabama needs a win to stay within striking distance of LSU in the SEC West while Mississippi State (5-4) has three games to become bowl-eligible.
Where: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, Mississippi
When: Saturday, November 12, 7:45 PM ET
Watch: ESPN and ESPN3
Betting Line: Alabama -17.5
Key Storyline: The Crimson Tide lost the Game of the Century last week, but their National Title chances are far from over. They are still ranked No. 3 in the BCS, and if they win out and LSU drops a game, things will get interesting.
Alabama has beaten Mississippi State the last three years and will look to beat a Bulldogs team that has lost lots of close games this year.
Who Might Not Play for Alabama: Dre Kirkpatrick (neck), Brad Smelley, Marquis Maze (leg) and Barrett Jones (ankle) are all day-to-day.
Who Might Not Play for Mississippi State: Chris Hughes (disciplinary) and Tobias Smith (knee) are out.
BCS/Top 25 Implications: At this point, MSU is still pretty far away from any Top 25 ranking or the BCS.
Alabama, on the other hand, sits at No. 3 in the BCS rankings and No. 4 in the AP Top 25. They are by far the highest ranked team with one loss and can't afford another one.
What They're Saying: Alabama is hurting, hungry and focused on Mississippi State, but wants a rematch with LSU.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen says that Alabama has feasted on Bulldogs' mistakes.
CBS Sports says that quarterback A.J McCarron will be the X-factor in this one.
Alabama Player to Watch: Trent Richardson. The junior running back is the consensus best back in the nation and has ripped apart pretty much every defense he's faced. He has over 1,000 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns already on the season.
Mississippi State Player to Watch: Chris Relf. The senior QB from Montgomery is about as exciting of a quarterback you'll watch.
He's a dual-threat that struggles in the pass game (1,013 yards, seven touchdowns, six interceptions) but has had his share of big plays running the ball.
It will be interesting to see if he can get anything going against this Alabama defense.
Key Matchup: Richardson against the Mississippi State defense. The Bulldogs have been good against the run, giving up just 3.6 yards per carry, but it will have its hands full against Richardson.
On the Hotseat: No one. Mullen might be if he doesn't reach six wins, but he should receive a pass after winning nine games and the Gator Bowl last year.
Prediction: Alabama 24, Mississippi State 10
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