Mississippi State survived a scare against Massachusetts last Saturday in Starkville, and now the Bulldogs turn their attention to Alabama.
The Bulldogs will host the Crimson Tide in a huge matchup on Saturday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Davis Wade Stadium. Mississippi State improved to 7-2 with the 34-23 victory against the Minutemen, and Alabama enters the game with a 9-0 record. In the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday, Alabama is No. 2 and Mississippi State is No. 16.
SEC Country’s Brandon Walker and Andrew Astleford discuss the showdown against the Crimson Tide, where the Bulldogs stand after beating Massachusetts and talk about everything else in the world of Mississippi State football in our latest Zaxby’s Sound Off.
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- Brandon and Andrew discuss what it will take for Mississippi State to beat Alabama. The Crimson Tide enter the matchup with injury problems on defense. So it’s likely that any upset by the Bulldogs must include a solid ground game and turnovers produced after giving Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts fits. Brandon likes Mississippi State’s chances of putting together a strong defensive performance.
- Brandon and Andrew briefly discuss the victory over the Minutemen and how the result was closer than anticipated. Brandon thought Mississippi State would win in a blowout, and he admitted to sweating when the Bulldogs trailed at halftime. Still, Brandon said the environment for the Alabama game will be much different, so he doesn’t expect a sleepy effort from Mississippi State.
- Brandon talks about what a victory against Alabama would do for Dan Mullen’s legacy at Mississippi State. It’s the missing piece of Mullen’s tenure with the Bulldogs, so a win against Nick Saban would be huge for him. Neither Brandon nor Andrew predict Mississippi State to win, but they expect a close game throughout.
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