Alabama football: Recapping Mississippi State week ahead of kickoff

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — We know there is always a lot of news flying around Alabama football, so we figured it’d be a good idea to provide you with a spot to catch up on things you might have missed.

Alabama football continues its SEC grind with a trip to Starkville, Miss., for a matchup vs. Mississippi State on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Here are stories, videos and other news and notes you might have missed this week.

Nick Saban plays hide-and-seek

The love of a grandchild is enough to make Alabama coach Nick Saban let loose. During his weekly radio show on Thursday, Saban revealed that he likes playing hide-and-seek with his granddaughter when he has some down time.

Can you imagine Saban running around the house trying to hide? How precious.

Minkah Fitzpatrick update

During practice on Wednesday, Minkah Fitzpatrick (hamstring) continued to work in his normal spot. Fitzpatrick is still wearing a support strip on his left hamstring, but he showed no signs of being limited. As always, Fitzpatrick worked with the ones in Alabama’s dime package.

“I’m not a doctor,” Saban said when asked about Fitzpatrick. “One of the most difficult things to do is to coach injured players, because you ask me if I think he’s close to full health. Again, did you ever see that series on TV called ‘The Good Doctor’ where the guy is really smart and he figures out things that nobody else can figure out? I’m not there. I’m not there. If I was, I’d be working in that hospital probably.

“He’s done well in practice. He’s worked, he’s got his reps, so he’s going to be prepared to play in the game. We’ll make a decision based on whether he thinks he can do his job when the time comes.”

Nick Saban speaks

Nick Saban’s news conference on Monday:

Nick Saban’s news conference on Wednesday:

News and analysis

Predictions

Each week, SEC Country writers and editors predict the outcome of Alabama’s next contest.

“Dan Mullen hasn’t beaten Nick Saban once since he’s been at Mississippi State, and I don’t think that’s changing  on Saturday . Yes, Alabama is in a vulnerable position at linebacker with the number of injuries it has suffered. But if there’s one position group where the Tide can “afford” numerous injuries it’s linebacker because of the quality of depth. However, this is where the Bulldogs can take advantage. Mississippi State’s offense is primarily based on zone-read options — and if Alabama’s linebackers make the wrong reads it could lead to lots of trouble. I still think Alabama is just more talented than Mississippi State and the injuries won’t make a giant difference in this game. Alabama 34, Mississippi State 14.” — Chris Kirschner

More predictions here.

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