Blog – Pregame: No. 1 Mississippi State at No. 4 Alabama

Records: MSU (9-0, 5-0) UA (8-1, 5-1)

Kickoff: 2:30 p.m.


Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium

QB matchup: MSU junior Dak Prescott (Completed 146-of-239 passes for 2,231 yards, 18 TDs and 7 INTs, rushed for 779 yards and 11 TDs, caught 2 passes for 35 yards and 1 TD) vs. UA senior Blake Sims (Completed 151-of-245 passes for 2,243 yards, 17 TDs and 3 INTs, rushed for 262 yards and 5 TDs)

Officials: Referee – Matt Moore, Umpire – Tom Quick, Head Linesman – John Langlois, Line Judge – Michael Shirley, Field Judge – Jeff Batts, Side Judge – Chris Jamison, Back Judge – Jimmy Russell, Alternate – Ken Williamson, TV Liaison – Tom Danner, Observer – Doug Linebarger, Replay Official – Doyle Jackson

One big thing to watch: Can MSU handle it? The Bulldogs have handled most everything that has been thrown at them this season. But this is the biggest test of them all. It will be interesting to see how MSU handles the pressure and the hype in a game of this magnitude.

Pregame song(s):

Well we are in Alabama. MSU defensive coordinator Geoff Collins loves the Alabama Shakes, as do I. It’s also a good song. I hope you enjoy.


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