SEC Football Preview: Alabama at Mississippi State

Alabama-Mississippi State football preview

Alabama faces Mississippi State on Saturday in Starkville. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Alabama

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Date Opponent Score
2-Sep vs. Middle Tennessee W 56 – 7
9-Sep vs. Texas L 24 – 34
16-Sep at South Florida W 17 – 3
23-Sep vs. Ole Miss W 24 – 10
30-Sep at Mississippi State
7-Oct at Texas A&M
14-Oct vs. Arkansas
21-Oct vs. Tennessee
4-Nov vs. LSU
11-Nov at Kentucky
18-Nov vs. Chattanooga
25-Nov at Auburn

Mississippi State

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Date Opponent Score
2-Sep vs. Southeastern Louisiana W 48 – 7
9-Sep vs. Arizona W 31 – 24
16-Sep vs. LSU L 14 – 41
23-Sep at South Carolina L 30 – 37
30-Sep vs. Alabama
7-Oct vs. Western Michigan
21-Oct at Arkansas
28-Oct at Auburn
4-Nov vs. Kentucky
11-Nov at Texas A&M
18-Nov vs. Southern Miss
23-Nov vs. Ole Miss

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Alabama Mississippi State
ESPN FPI 3 43
Sagarin 2 19
Massey Composite 9 57
PiRate Ratings 9 23

KEY STATS

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Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Alabama
Mississippi St.
32
119
5
14
0.473
0.327
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Alabama
Mississippi St.
29
78
5
9
0.323
0.404
4th Down Conversion Pct Alabama
Mississippi St.
1
41
1
6
1.000
0.600
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Alabama
Mississippi St.
78
119
8
13
0.538
0.750
Blocked Kicks Alabama
Mississippi St.
13
13
3
3
1
1
Blocked Kicks Allowed Alabama
Mississippi St.
1
1
1
1
0
0
Blocked Punts Alabama
Mississippi St.
3
3
2
2
1
1
Blocked Punts Allowed Alabama
Mississippi St.
1
1
1
1
0
0
Completion Percentage Alabama
Mississippi St.
69
70
10
11
0.611
0.610
Defensive TDs
Fewest Penalties Mississippi St.
Alabama
24
57
2
4
19
23
Fewest Penalties Per Game Mississippi St.
Alabama
25
61
2
5
4.75
5.75
Fewest Penalty Yards Mississippi St.
Alabama
53
62
5
7
194
204
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Mississippi St.
Alabama
54
64
6
8
48.50
51.00
First Downs Defense Alabama
Mississippi St.
29
76
5
11
67
79
First Downs Offense Alabama
Mississippi St.
85
109
12
14
78
69
Fumbles Lost Alabama
Mississippi St.
17
43
1
6
1
2
Fumbles Recovered Mississippi St.
Alabama
28
58
2
5
3
2
Kickoff Return Defense Alabama
Mississippi St.
14
77
2
8
13.80
19.67
Kickoff Returns Mississippi St.
Alabama
14
51
2
8
27.40
21.00
Net Punting Alabama
Mississippi St.
10
60
3
8
43.89
39.31
Passes Had Intercepted Mississippi St.
Alabama
9
41
1
10
1
3
Passes Intercepted Mississippi St.
Alabama
41
67
5
9
4
3
Passing Offense Mississippi St.
Alabama
58
101
10
13
245.8
203.2
Passing Yards Allowed Alabama
Mississippi St.
46
120
6
13
203.5
280.0
Passing Yards per Completion Alabama
Mississippi St.
26
48
4
8
14.02
13.11
Punt Return Defense Alabama
Mississippi St.
75
124
9
13
7.33
17.50
Punt Returns Mississippi St.
Alabama
34
70
6
14
11.67
7.50
Red Zone Defense Alabama
Mississippi St.
19
107
2
12
0.700
0.929
Red Zone Offense Alabama
Mississippi St.
21
84
4
11
0.923
0.800
Rushing Defense Alabama
Mississippi St.
28
50
6
10
102.5
120.2
Rushing Offense Alabama
Mississippi St.
62
82
5
11
161.5
142.2
Sacks Allowed Mississippi St.
Alabama
91
124
9
13
2.50
4.00
Scoring Defense Alabama
Mississippi St.
17
87
2
13
13.5
27.2
Scoring Offense Mississippi St.
Alabama
56
60
10
12
30.8
30.2
Tackles for Loss Allowed Mississippi St.
Alabama
71
115
8
13
5.75
7.50
Team Passing Efficiency Alabama
Mississippi St.
45
52
9
11
147.47
145.26
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Alabama
Mississippi St.
39
118
4
14
115.75
159.45
Team Sacks Alabama
Mississippi St.
18
42
4
8
3.25
2.50
Team Tackles for Loss Alabama
Mississippi St.
19
63
5
8
7.2
5.8
Time of Possession Alabama
Mississippi St.
61
117
6
12
30:07
27:05
Total Defense Alabama
Mississippi St.
30
95
7
13
306.0
400.2
Total Offense Mississippi St.
Alabama
73
88
10
14
388.0
364.8
Turnover Margin Mississippi St.
Alabama
16
51
1
6
1.00
0.25
Turnovers Gained Mississippi St.
Alabama
34
75
5
8
7
5
Turnovers Lost Mississippi St.
Alabama
13
30
2
5
3
4
Winning Percentage Alabama
Mississippi St.
29
61
4
11
0.750
0.500

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alabama

QB Jalen Milroe, RB Jase McClellan, WR Ja’Corey Brooks, WR Jermaine Burton, OL Tyler Booker, OL JC Latham, OL Amarius Mims, DT Jaheim Oatis, Justin Eboigbe, LB Deontae Lawson, LB Dallas Turner, CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, S Malachi Moore, K Will Reichard.

Mississippi State

QB Will Rogers, RB Jo’Quavious Marks, WR Justin Robinson, OL Cole Smith, DE Jaden Crumedy, LB Jett Johnson, LB Nathaniel Watson, DB Esaias Furdge, K Nick Barr-Mira.

INJURIES

Alabama


Player POS Status
E. Henderson Jr. WR Out indefinitely – Hip

Mississippi State


Player POS Status
J. Marks RB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
S. Price RB Ques Sat – Leg
J. Albert S out for season – Knee
G. Spivey TE out for season – Eligibility
S. Traore TE Out indefinitely – Eligibility

Source: Covers.com

Alabama vs. Mississippi State Football Series History

Alabama leads 85-18-3

COMMENTS

It looks like the Crimson Tide is on the way back to its usual lofty ranking. Meanwhile, Mississippi State is just about par for the usual Bulldog prowess. This one won’t be easy for Alabama but I think they come out with at least a 10-point margin of victory. State seems to have regressed since tragically losing offensive genius Mike Leach.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Alabama 40, Mississippi St 28

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Alabama 35, Mississippi State 17

Saturday’s game kicks off at 9:00 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the ESPN Network.

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