The Alabama Crimson Tide will need just four more wins to be a lock in the national title game — if they aren’t already — with a somewhat favorable schedule remaining. Alabama is the winner of the past two national title games and the Tide look well on their way to contending for an improbable third straight championship.
As a model of inconsistency this season, the Mississippi State Bulldogs are looking to get on the winning track and stay on it for good. However, with Alabama on the schedule, that will likely need to wait another week. Having won consecutive games just once this season, the Bulldogs are looking to improve and make a bowl with three games left on the schedule.
Alabama is led by senior and leader AJ McCarron at quarterback. The third-year starter is looking to win his third title in as many seasons while proving he is more than just a game manager as he is having quite possibly the best season of his career. The senior is one pace to break all of his previous career-highs and his completion rate is a career-best 69.4 percent. McCarron has also passed for 2,041 yards and 19 touchdowns with just three interceptions. T.J. Yeldon is just another solid running back on the long list of talented Alabama backs that stretches back quite a while. Yeldon has rushed for 862 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.
Mississippi State has one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the conference in Dak Prescott who has become a better runner than passer — not exactly a good thing. He is questionable for this game, but if he does play, expect him to run the ball quite a bit. He has passed for 1,542 yards and seven touchdowns on the season to go along with seven interceptions and a 58 percent completion rate. Prescott has added another 722 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground for the 26th-ranked rushing offense. Jameon Lewis has been, by far and away, the top receiver on this team, catching 39 passes for 505 yards and four scores.
Defensively, the Crimson Tide have had one of the best units in the nation for the past few years. They rank first in the nation in points scored against and sixth in the nation in yards allowed per game. Mississippi State ranks 71st in the nation in points allowed per game and 64th in yards allowed per game with just a tad under 400.
Alabama will travel to Mississippi State to take on the Bulldogs at 7:45 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Alabama 41, Mississippi State 7