Alabama vs Mississippi State

Alabama vs Mississippi State Live Stream Online.Alabama is just two wins away from another perfect record in SEC play, but these last two games might be the toughest on the schedule for a Crimson Tide team that spent the first half of the season blowing its opponents out of the water.

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 11 | Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Davis-Wade Stadium — Starkville, Mississippi
TV: ESPN | Live stream: WatchESPN

Alabama vs Mississippi State

The Crimson Tide is coming off a physical 24-10 win over LSU. The Tigers field a power-run offense, which takes a toll on defenders.

Now, the Crimson Tide must turn its attention to Mississippi State, a physical team that also prefers to spread defenses out.

On the opposite side, Mississippi State is faced with preparing for one of the top teams in the country. Alabama has won 37 of its past 39 games since the start of the 2015 season.

Mississippi State has lost its nine matchups against Alabama.

Alabama is tasked with slowing Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is fifth in the SEC, averaging 89 rushing yards per game.

He’s accounted for 25 total touchdowns on the year. His 12 rushing touchdowns are tied for second in the SEC.

Conversely, Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen will be in search of ways to move the ball against Alabama’s defense. The Bulldogs were outgained 615 to 274 against Alabama last season, managing just three points in the blowout loss.

Alabama ranks among the top teams in the SEC in nearly every statistical category. Mullen hasn’t noticed a drop-off in the Crimson Tide’s defense, which will be without two linebackers who were injured last week — Shaun Dion Hamilton and Mack Wilson. Moreover, star defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick was bothered by a hamstring injury last Saturday but was moving well in practice Tuesday.

Entering November, Alabama looked unbeatable. After a street fight of a game with LSU that saw the Tide offense struggle against elite athletes, they suddenly look human. Mississippi State will look to try and create the same kind of problems for Alabama while also presenting a much different threat on offense with Nick Fitzgerald.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide not only returned to Earth from unbeatable status against LSU, it also lost key defenders with Shaun Dion Hamilton and Mack Wilson getting knocked out of the game and Minkah Fitzpatrick suffering a hamstring injury. This has led to a shuffle in the depth chart for Alabama this week at positions that will be tested by Mississippi State’s dynamic offense.

 As Fitzgerald puts linebackers and safeties in a bind, younger, less experienced Alabama defenders will be the ones having to make a split-second decision that will determine the outcome of the play. It’s going to be a huge test for that group, but also a good way to prepare for similar challenges that will be posed by Auburn in the Iron Bowl later this month.

Mississippi State: So far this season, Mississippi State seems to either be running through teams or getting run over. Unfortunately for the outlook here, Alabama has more in common with Georgia (31-3) and Auburn (49-10) than Texas A&M or LSU. Mississippi State’s defense will be challenged to stop the run and must deliver one of its best performances of the season to give Nick Fitzgerald a chance. Alabama would love to get in and out Starkville with a win powered by its ground game, so the Bulldogs have to find ways to make Jalen Hurts beat them with his arm.

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