Sound Off: Mississippi State deserves respect after pushing Alabama to brink

Mississippi State almost pulled off a victory to remember last Saturday night. The Bulldogs pushed Alabama to the brink at Davis Wade Stadium before losing 31-24 in one of the weekend’s most thrilling games.

Mississippi State found success against the Crimson Tide in running the ball, totaling 172 yards rushing. Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, meanwhile, threw for 158 yards on 13 of 24 passing. Alabama needed to score 14 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to earn the victory. Mississippi State (7-3) will try to recover against Arkansas (4-6) on Saturday in Fayetteville.

SEC Country’s Brandon Walker and Andrew Astleford discuss the game against the Crimson Tide, where the Bulldogs stand heading into the matchup against a vulnerable Razorbacks team, and talk about everything else in the world of Mississippi State football in our latest Zaxby’s Sound Off.

Other topics include:

  • Brandon and Andrew discuss what Mississippi State did well to have a chance to pull off the upset against Alabama. The Bulldogs took advantage of a banged-up Crimson Tide defense, particularly at linebacker, to create balance with their offensive attack. Brandon predicts that Auburn will exploit what Mississippi State did to the Crimson Tide and earn a rout in the Iron Bowl on Nov. 25 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
  • Brandon and Andrew speak about how the Bulldogs should have little trouble against Arkansas, which looks like a broken team under coach Bret Bielema. The Razorbacks aren’t doing much well at the moment. Plus, questions about Bielema’s job security continue to swirl. The game presents an opportunity for Mississippi State to earn a comfortable victory against an SEC West foe.
  • There were more Dan Mullen-related rumors in recent days. On Sunday, Tennessee fired Butch Jones, and some have connected Mullen to the job in Knoxville. Again, Brandon was baffled why some pundits can’t understand that Mullen is happy in Starkville. Andrew points out that the near-upset of Alabama proves that Mullen has a better situation at Mississippi State than he would face at Tennessee.