The Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 30-6. This game wasn’t a contest from the start, as the Alabama Football offense got rolling early and often. The Bulldogs on the other hand couldn’t seem to get their offense going all day.
The game started out with three-and-outs by both sides. Will Rogers got the Bulldogs’ offense going on the next drive and they moved deep into Alabama territory. After getting seven yards on third and 10, Mike Leach decided to go for it on fourth down rather than go for a field goal. They ended up turning the ball over on downs and Bryce Young led the Tide down the field for a touchdown of their own.
Will Rogers responded by getting his offense in field goal range after a 13-play, 36-yard drive. Mississippi State would miss the field goal and Bryce Young would quickly lead the Tide down the field for another score.
Mississippi State would make a questionable call on their next drive after facing a fourth and 1 at their own 29-yard line. Rather than punt the ball, Mike Leach decided to go for it. The Bulldogs wouldn’t get it and the Tide’s offense would easily score a touchdown. The score was 21-0. From there on, the game was really over.
Alabama would score 9 more points and Mississippi State would score a last-minute touchdown to avoid getting shutout. Bryce Young threw for 249 yards on 21 completions. Additionally, he threw for 2 touchdowns.
Alabama Football dominates Mississippi State in rebound win
It seems like Alabama was unable to overcome its issues after the loss to Tennessee. While I expected the Tide to win this game handily, beating a team that has the type of talent that the Bulldogs have is impressive.
I am very confident that the Tide will be able to defeat the rest of their schedule going forward. While I thought Ole Miss would be a tough opponent, it seems like they might not be as good as advertised after losing to LSU.
For Mississippi State, this is a loss that I think a lot of people expected going in but was still tough to see. While I knew that Alabama Football was probably going to win this game by a lot, I thought the Bulldogs would at least put up an offensive show.
They did not do that. Mike Leach made some questionable calls and Mississippi State had some special teams miscues. I am really intrigued by how the Bulldogs will fare in the Egg Bowl this year. While the rest of the schedule besides Georgia (will be a blowout loss for Mississippi State), are easy wins (Auburn, and East Tennessee State), the Egg Bowl will be very interesting.
While there is still a lot of football to be played before this date, Ole Miss looks silent at times and Mississippi State hasn’t beaten anyone that is exactly amazing as Ole Miss can be at specific times.
As already stated for Alabama, I am confident about their regular season stakes going forward. Pending an upset, I think they march on to the SEC title game. While I thought Ole Miss might be a semi-tough matchup for them (if they fixed their issues), it seems like for now that won’t be a problem. They will mostly need to beat Georiga in the SEC title game if they want to make the playoff.
So far, Alabama hasn’t proven to me that they can do that yet. A couple of more results like this going forward could change that opinion.