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Alabama football continues its SEC grind with a trip to Starkville, Miss., on Saturday for a matchup with Mississippi State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Alabama is coming off a win against LSU. The Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 SEC) jumped on LSU in the first half, taking a 14-0 lead and riding the fast start to a 24-10 victory.
The AP and coaches polls have zero effect on the rankings that matters most: the College Football Playoff rankings. Alabama was rated No. 2 in the first CFP rankings of the season last week, and the new CFP rankings will be released Tuesday night.
On Sunday, Alabama checked in as the No. 1 team in the Amway Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25 Poll.
Following the matchup at Mississippi State, Alabama hosts Mercer and plays at Auburn in the Iron Bowl to close out the regular season.
How will Alabama’s defense survive with all the injuries?
In my years of covering Alabama football, I can’t recall a time when the team has had this many injuries. To this point, Alabama has lost four linebackers who were full-time starters at their positions. Shaun Dion Hamilton (knee) joined Terrell Lewis (elbow) and Christian Miller (biceps) as players Nick Saban has ruled out for the season. Hamilton’s Alabama career is over, but he has a chance to get healthy for pro day and other potential NFL workouts.
Mack Wilson (foot) was ruled out for 4-6 weeks. There’s a chance he could come back if Alabama makes a playoff run.
Still, Alabama needs bodies now. Keith Holcombe, Dylan Moses and VanDarius Cowan are players who’ll have to step up at inside linebacker with Rashaan Evans.
Beyond that, guys such as Minkah Fitzpatrick (hamstring), Jamey Mosley and Anfernee Jennings (ankle) are banged up.
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