Not many are giving No. 17 Mississippi State much of a chance against No. 3 Alabama Saturday, but Lee Corso picked the Bulldogs to pull off the upset on ESPN’s College GameDay.
“This is a huge trap game for Alabama,” Corso said. “After a great effort against LSU, they’re bound to be at risk in StarkVegas. This Dak Prescott is a great player. He can run and throw from the spread offense. (Mississippi) State takes it into the fourth quarter, and State hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the only SEC to do so. State upsets Alabama.”
Analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack all highlighted how the Bulldogs could give the Crimson Tide trouble, but no one else thought that Mississippi State would come out on top.
Herbstreit said Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott will have to have a big game for Mississippi State to have a shot. The Bulldogs have struggled to run the ball all season and going against the stout Alabama front seven makes that an even tougher challenge.
“LSU played (Alabama) in a phone booth,” Herbstreit said. “Mississippi State is going to try to spread them out.”
However, both Herbstreit and Howard thought that the Crimson Tide would win with ease.
“It’s going to be convincing in the second half,” Herbstreit said.
“I don’t think (Mississippi State) is going to be able to move the ball as effectively as (Corso) thinks,” Howard said. “I think if Alabama’s defense, the one that came out a week ago against LSU, if they come out and play the way they played, there’s not a team in the college football world that can move the ball against that defense. They’re as dominant a unit as you see all year. … Alabama wins by double digits.”