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The Alabama Crimson Tide look to make it 10 straight against the Mississippi State Bulldogs as they travel to Starkville this weekend.

The Crimson Tide hasn’t been effected by the cowbells in Starkville going 18-4 on the road there with Coach Nick Saban going 14-1 in his career against the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have a little more motivation with the #16 ranking in the College Football Playoffs so Dan Mullen and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald are looking to give the Crimson Tide their first loss of the season.

Here is who the Tide 102.9 staff has coming out of Stark Vegas with a victory.


Martin Houston, Host of The Blitz

Alabama takes the show on the road to StarkVegas. The Offense will be tasked with controlling the State defensive front. Look for the Defense to put together a strong performance. Alabama pulls away with a decisive win. Alabama 34 – Mississippi State 9


Wimp Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room

The talent gap is big between these two teams. Look for a physical game early but Bama will widen the margin late with a balanced offense. Alabama 34 – Mississippi State 10


Barry Sanderson, Co-Host of Inside the Locker Room

According to experts Mississippi State isn’t complicated on offense. This should help the defense with guys on the field in new roles. Look for Alabama to get back to running the football with success. This game will be extremely physical throughout. Alabama 31 – Mississippi State 13


Gary Harris, Host of The Gary Harris Show

Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen is 0-9 against Alabama as the Bulldogs head coach.  Last season Bama destroyed MSU 51-3. This Mississippi State team is better than last year’s squad and the game is in Starkville, but in the end Alabama is still a better team than Mississippi Sate. Alabama 35 – Mississippi State 17


Travis Reier, Host of Southern Fried Sports

State will look to exploit an Alabama run defense that no longer has the services of Shaun Dion Hamilton. Nick Fitzgerald will improve on the 15 rushing yards he had against UA year ago, but it won’t be enough to get Dan Mullen his first win over the Crimson Tide. Alabama 30 – Mississippi State 13


Aaron Suttles, Host of The Suttles Approach

The offensive line needs a better outing after being stalemated a week ago. Every eye will be on the UA linebackers. Alabama 30 – Mississippi State 15


Ryan Fowler, Host of The Game

Injuries have been a big talking point this week in Tuscaloosa and who steps up for the Tide on defense. Jeremy Pruitt has done an outstanding job of getting players ready to take on bigger roles all season. I think Alabama’s defense answers the call with a solid performance. I also believe the Tide’s offense gets back in rhythm against the Bulldogs. Alabama 37 – Mississippi State 17


Ben George, Digital Managing Editor

I’ve heard some national analysts say this game could be the spot Alabama gets tripped up, and it’s easy to make that argument with the injuries on defense. I just look at the history of this series and Alabama rarely loses when it has the better team. In fact, it’s usually not even close. Over the course of the current nine-game winning streak, the Tide is beating the Bulldogs by an average score of 31-8. Keep in mind that Mississippi State has enjoyed some of the best years of its program during that time. State will get a few more points this week against a thin, experienced linebacker group, but Alabama gets the win. Alabama 35 – Mississippi State 17


Josh Smith, Producer

Mississippi State always plays Alabama tough and with heart. Disregard The Tide outscoring Mississippi State 82-9 the last two times they faced each other. Look back to 2014 when Bama hosted a tough Mississippi State team, winning 25-20. I don’t see this Mississippi squad playing Bama that close this year. Alabama 42 – Mississippi State 3


Thomas Paradiso, Producer

After a tough victory in Bryant-Denny against LSU, the Tide travel to Starkville to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Just like last week, I think this is going to be a tough test for the Tide, especially with all the injuries that are plaguing the defensive side. Mississippi State has had it’s ups and downs this season, but there will be no doubt they will be ready to play this Saturday. I ultimately think Alabama comes out on top, but as I said last week, this might be another knock down, drag out battle. Alabama 28 – Mississippi State 10


James Hardy, Producer

Although Mississippi State isn’t one of the premiere name brands in the SEC, the Bulldogs generally give Alabama their most physical game of the season. With four linebackers out for Alabama and a capable dual threat QB in Nick Fitzgerald for Miss. State, don’t be surprised if the Bulldogs give the Tide all they can handle Saturday night in Starkville. Alabama 27 – Mississippi State 17


Marquis Munson, Brand Manager

I think Nick Fitzgerald is the best quarterback the Crimson Tide has faced this year, you can make an argument for Shea Patterson as well but we all saw what happened there. With the Crimson Tide headed to their house and Mississippi State playing with momentum, they’ll have a difficult time beating this Bulldogs team, but I think the Crimson Tide gets it done. Look for a big game from Jalen with both his legs and his arm and also despite the injuries, a big game from the defense with guys like Minkah Fitzpatrick, who will play this weekend. Alabama 34 – Mississippi State 16

 

 

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