Last November, when Mississippi State rolled into Tuscaloosa, Ala., the visiting Bulldogs were the higher-ranked team. The undefeated Bulldogs were ranked first in the nation, while third-ranked Alabama had sustained a six-point loss at Ole Miss in October.
Wednesday, when Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen spoke during the weekly SEC teleconference, it was clear the Bulldogs see themselves as the underdogs.
“They have more four- and five-star guys sitting on the bench that can’t get a rep on their team than we have on our roster,” Mullen said.
Still, though No. 2 Alabama is a six-point favorite against the 17th-ranked Bulldogs, Mullen believes his team is in a better position this year. While his team may not be used to being an underdog, Mullen said that this year his players know what it’s like to play in a crucial game late in the season, specifically against Alabama.
“Our guys, they’ve played in big games in November,” he said. “They know how to act in these situations.”
This year, they’re more relaxed, he said. This year, they’re ready.
The Bulldogs will need that sense of comfort Saturday. But coupled with experience, the momentum of four straight wins, and a new hype video, Mississippi State has every opportunity to pull off an upset.