24 Hour Rule
At this point, it’s strange to recall that when Alabama last hosted Mississippi State the week after a narrow, gutsy victory in Baton Rouge, it did so as the No. 2 team in the nation, welcoming No. 1. The then-top-ranked Bulldogs came to Bryant-Denny Stadium with visions of Atlanta and the nascent College Football Playoff in their heads. They left chastened, dropping a 25-20 decision before losing to Ole Miss two weeks later. They haven’t come close to such great heights since.
This year, the Bulldogs enter Tuscaloosa firmly entrenched in the spoiler role, fresh off a heartless slaughtering of Texas A&M’s playoff hopes last week. The Aggies tenure in the projected bracket lasted only a week as Mississippi State ran the ball for nearly seven yards a carry and weathered a late comeback.
I feel reasonably confident in saying that won’t happen this Saturday. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is no Dak Prescott, and this Mississippi State team is not the high-powered spread of old. Fitzgerald was barely touched against Texas A&M. Considering the utter disregard the Alabama front has for humanity, I expect that won’t last. Moving the ball against and stifling a Trevor Knight-less Texas A&M is one thing. Replicating that on the road is another. And remember: This team lost to the University of South Alabama.
Alabama normally schedules easier opponents in the week before the Iron Bowl. This year, the Crimson Tide will get two.
And of course, no Mississippi State week could be complete without MSU diehard, Tuscaloosa native and former Alabama student Steven “Stingray” Ray.
- “We hate everybody on the team and everybody lined up across from us. We want to try to kill you.” — linebacker Ryan Anderson, as reported by AL.com’s Michael Casagrande.
- From Spencer Hall at SBNation, playing Alabama is like a New Year’s resolution: ultimately useless and futile.
- The latest former Alabama player back on the scout team: Trent Richardson, as Leonard Fournette.
- Now that Tony Brown is a starter, what did Nick Saban think of his performance?
- Defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne mauled an LSU player. Alabama doesn’t feel bad.
- Shot: The Wall Street Journal ran a kinda dumb column about SEC teams basically letting Alabama win.
- Chaser: Kevin Scarbinsky writes that the column is, in fact, kinda dumb, and Alabama is just #actually #good.
- Since giving up 400 yards to Arkansas, Alabama’s pass defense has been nearly impenetrable.
- Running back Bo Scarbrough took a major step forward in Saturday’s game. He said his patience is paying off.
- Speaking of Scarbrough, he was limited in practice, according the the report supplied by SEC Country’s Marq Burnett, as usual.
- Also, as usual, BamaOnline’s Travis Reier supplies video and analysis of Alabama’s practice.
- Eddie Jackson may be hurt, but he’s still doing his part, from BamaOnline’s Charlie Potter.
- One day after the Walter Camp Foundation named the entire Alabama defense its player of the week, the team’s coaches did the same. Ryan Anderson and JK Scott made the SEC’s list.
- And finally, the Alabama-UT Chattanooga game was scheduled for 6 p.m. Primetime worthy clash, that.
Saban in full
You know, we really haven’t had any vintage Saban rants this season. There’s got to be one coming soon.
Built by Bama
- A pregame speech by Marcus Allen preceded a career performance from Mark Ingram on Sunday.
- In other Ingram news, the running back joined The Ringer to discuss, of all things, his love for the Call of Duty video game series.
Our first contribution comes from AL.com’s SEC Shorts crew:
The second for the day comes directly from the team. Behold, its contribution to The Mannequin Challenge:
— Reuben Foster (@reubenfoster_FG) November 8, 2016
Around the Capstone
— Alabama Athletics (@UA_Athletics) November 7, 2016
- Tickets are now on sale for the Alabama gymnastics Elevate the Stage meet in Birmingham.
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) November 7, 2016
That’s it for us today. Go vote.