Alabama has won 10 straight games since losing to Ole Miss on Sept. 19, so it’s safe to say opponents that came after the Rebels were not able to recreate a successful blueprint for slaying the Crimson Tide.
Michigan State thinks it can use the Rebels’ approach to its advantage, though.
Spartans wideout Aaron Burbridge explained the battle plan to Sports Illustrated‘s Brian Hamilton on Monday morning.
“You gotta hit them in the mouth first and take shots at them,” Burbridge said.
Something — maybe mountains of visual evidence, who knows — tells us that trying to “out physical” this year’s Alabama defense is a silly approach.
Michigan State might be better served trying to air it out with its Connor Cook-led passing offense.
Alabama players and coaches have been showering Cook with praise, and the likely first-round NFL pick is sure to show Tide defenders a few things they have not seen this season.
The Cotton Bowl kicks off at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday night (ESPN).