Alabama (8-1, 5-1) at Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2)
When: Saturday, November 14th 2015
Where: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS
Time: 3:30 ET | TV: CBS
The Alabama Crimson Tide face another tough hurdle on their way to the College Football Playoff semifinals as the visit Starkville, Mississippi to take on the Bulldogs. The Tide are coming off an impressive win over LSU last week 30-16, giving them six straight wins since losing at Ole Miss. Alabama has knocked off three teams who were ranked in the top-10 at the time during this streak. They vaulted up to number 2 in the CFP rankings and have forced 13 turnovers including 11 interceptions in their last six games. The Crimson Tide shut down LSU star Leonard Fournette last week, holding him to a season-low 31 yards. Derrick Henry also continued his impressive play, running for 210 yards and three touchdowns against LSU to give him 589 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in his last three games. Alabama has won seven straight in the series and allowed 10 or fewer points in six of the last seven meetings. Alabama will finish up the regular season against Charleston Southern and at Auburn.
Mississippi State comes into this game red-hot as well and could make the SEC West really interesting with an upset today. The Bulldogs have averaged 40.75 points during their four-game winning streak and are coming off a 31-13 victory at Missouri in a driving rain. Quarterback Dak Prescott continued to put up big numbers despite unfavorable conditions last week, racking up 351 total yards with four touchdown passes against a Missouri team that entered the game ranked first in the SEC in scoring defense. Prescott has topped 300 yards passing in three straight games and has been finding his favorite targets Fred Ross and De’Runnya Wilson. Both receivers totaled over 100 yards receiving and combined for three scores. Mississippi State leads the SEC and ranks 3rd in FBS in the red zone, producing touchdowns on 75 percent of its drives inside the 20. Mississippi State allowed 215 rushing yards to Missouri last week and are ranked 10th in the SEC in that category. They will have their hands full with Henry today.
This is a perfect spot for an upset today. The Bulldogs are playing well and Alabama is coming off their biggest win of the year. I’m looking for a very competitive game, so I will gladly take the points.
Pick: Mississippi State +7.5