Preview: Alabama at Mississippi State

When: 7:45 PM ET, Saturday, November 16, 2013
Where: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, Mississippi


Nick Saban suffered his only loss to Mississippi State in his first season as the coach at Alabama and hasn’t forgotten about it since. Saban, who will take his top-ranked Crimson Tide on the road against the Bulldogs on Saturday, is 10-1 in his career against Mississippi State with five straight blowout victories. During Alabama’s winning streak in this series, the Crimson Tide have not allowed more than 10 points in any of those contests – outscoring the Bulldogs 155-34 in the process.

Alabama has won 13 in a row overall following a 38-17 victory last weekend over LSU – the seventh consecutive opponent the Crimson Tide have defeated by at least 21 points. The Bulldogs appear unlikely to challenge either mark in their third straight game against a Top 25 foe after double-digit setbacks to South Carolina and Texas A&M over the last two weeks. Mississippi State has already faced five ranked opponents this season, losing each time by an average of 16.6 points.

TV: 7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Alabama -25.5

ABOUT ALABAMA (9-0, 6-0 SEC): AJ McCarron has not been intercepted in his last 123 passing attempts; he owns the school record at 291 and is in the midst of his third streak of at least 100 consecutive passes without a turnover. Over the past seven contests, the Crimson Tide offense has outgained the opposition by 1,609 yards -- an average of 229.9 yards per game. Just as impressively, Alabama has allowed 130 first downs for the season, the third-lowest total in the country.

ABOUT MISSISSIPPI STATE (4-5, 1-4): Safety Nickoe Whitley posted his 14th career interception against the Aggies, tying him for the most among active FBS players and leaving him two shy of matching the school record (Walt Harris, Johnthan Banks). Jameon Lewis, who has a team-high 39 catches, is the only player in the country with at least four receiving, three rushing and three passing touchdowns. The Aggies are averaging 459.2 yards of total offense – 37.2 yards ahead of the 31-year-old school-record mark.

EXTRA POINTS

1.  Alabama has allowed a total of three points to Mississippi State over the first three quarters in the schools’ last four meetings.

2. The Bulldogs have dropped 14 in a row against Top 25 foes and are 1-5 all-time against the top-ranked team in the country.

3. The Crimson Tide have held 37 opponents to 10 points or fewer in Saban’s seven seasons, including seven times in nine games this season.

PREDICTION: Alabama 45, Mississippi State 10


 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Alabama 9-0 W9 40.9 10.6 6-0 3-0 8-0 0-0 6-0
Mississippi State 4-5 L2 29.8 27.2 4-1 0-4 4-5 0-0 1-4

Last Meeting

Alabama Mississippi State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/27/12 MSST 7 ALA 38 414 179 235 256 47 209

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ALA A. McCarron 69.6 208 2 0
MSST T. Russell 50.0 169 0 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ALA T. Yeldon 10 84 8.4 1
MSST L. Perkins 15 38 2.5 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ALA K. Bell 1 57 57.0 1
MSST C. Smith 3 73 24.3 0
TDs Player TD
ALA K. Bell 1
MSST R. Johnson 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
ALA A. McCarron 69.4 2041 19 3
MSST D. Prescott 58.4 1542 7 7
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
ALA T. Yeldon 140 862 6.2 12
MSST D. Prescott 111 722 6.5 10
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
ALA K. Norwood 27 386 14.3 4
MSST J. Lewis 39 505 12.9 4
TDs Player TD
ALA T. Yeldon 12
MSST D. Prescott 12

Quickchart Matchup

Alabama Off vs  Mississippi State Def
452.7 yards
372.9 yards
5.8 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
8.6 yards/attempt
7.4 yards/attempt
Mississippi State Off vs  Alabama Def
459.2 yards
281.2 yards
5.1 yards/rush
3.2 yards/rush
7.5 yards/attempt
6.7 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Alabama Overall Mississippi State
9-0-0 W/L 4-5-0
6-3-0 ATS 4-5-0
5-3-1 O/U 4-5-0
40.9 Pts For 29.8
10.6 Pts Against 27.2
Alabama A/H Mississippi State
3-0 W/L 4-1
2-1-0 ATS 2-3-0
2-0-1 O/U 3-2-0
44.0 Pts For 37.6
19.7 Pts Against 23.0