SEC Football First Look: Alabama vs. Mississippi State

Alabama-Mississippi State

Mississippi State meets Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Here is a first look at the Mississippi State-Alabama matchup.

Mississippi State Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Sept. 1 Stephen F. Austin W 63-6
Sept. 8 at Kansas State W 31-10
Sept. 15 Louisiana W 56-10
Sept. 22 at Kentucky L 28-7
Sept. 29 Florida L 13-6
Oct. 6 Auburn W 23-9
Oct. 20 at LSU L 19-3
Oct. 27 Texas A&M W 28-13
Nov. 3 La. Tech W 45-3

Alabama Season so far

DATE OPPONENT SCORE
Sept. 1 Louisville [Orlando] W 51-14
Sept. 8 Arkansas State W 57-7
Sept. 15 at Ole Miss W 62-7
Sept. 22 Texas A&M W 45-23
Sept. 29 Louisiana W 56-14
Oct. 6 at Arkansas W 65-31
Oct. 13 Missouri W 39-10
Oct. 20 at Tennessee W 58-21
Nov. 3 at LSU W 29-0

Stat Comparison

Stat Mississippi St. Alabama
Rushing Offense 230.8 (20) 224.0 (25)
Passing Offense 187.0 (105) 341.6 (5)
Total Offense 417.8 (55) 565.6 (1)
Scoring Offense 29.1 (65) 51.3 (1)
Rushing Defense 111.4 (18) 102.1 (11)
Passing Defense 167.2 (7) 193.3 (30)
Total Defense 278.7 (6) 295.4 (11)
Scoring Defense 12.3 (2) 14.1 (7)
Interceptions 8 (47) 13 (7)
Sacks 2.56 (35) 3.44 (4)
Tackles for loss 7.3 (22) 8.0 (8)
Turnover margin 0.22 (53) 1.22 (7)

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Mississippi State Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
11/05/18 S Jaquarius Landrews Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Alabama
11/05/18 RB Kylin Hill Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Alabama
11/05/18 WR Osirus Mitchell Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Alabama
11/05/18 LB Sh'Mar Kilby-Lane Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Alabama
11/04/18 RB Alec Murphy Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs Alabama
10/29/18 S Brian Cole Upper Body is out for season
09/25/18 DE Marquiss Spencer Upper Body is out for season
09/14/18 WR Jamal Couch Transferred has left team

Alabama Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
11/06/18 WR Henry Ruggs III Leg is upgraded to probable Saturday vs Mississippi State
11/04/18 RB Najee Harris Ankle injured last game – is "?" Saturday vs Mississippi State
11/04/18 QB Tua Tagovailoa Undisclosed injured last game – is probable Saturday vs Mississippi State
11/04/18 QB Jalen Hurts Ankle is "?" Saturday vs Mississippi State
10/08/18 TE Kedrick James Ankle is out indefinitely
10/08/18 DB Trevon Diggs Foot is out indefinitely
10/05/18 DB Daniel Wright Shoulder is out for season
08/18/18 LB Christopher Allen Knee is out indefinitely
07/10/18 LB Terrell Lewis ACL is out for season

Source: DonBest.com

Challenges for Mississippi State

After a strong start and then a 2-game loss streak against the East’s two better teams, the Bulldogs have now won three of their last four games. State has the wins already to be in contention for a New Year’s bowl but their schedule is just loaded. They’ve struggled against teams with strong defenses and Alabama’s defense is one of the best. Beating Bama in 2018 in Tuscaloosa is a tall order for any team.

Challenges for Alabama

Alabama beats the No. 3 team in the nation on the road, 29-0. Will any team be a challenge for the Crimson Tide? Bama just needs to keep doing what they do. They are pretty good at doing it.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 2:30 pm CT and can be seen on CBS.

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