Alabama Takes on Mississippi State
The fifth ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (8-1) travels to Starkville Mississippi to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-5) at 11 a.m. on Saturday November 16. Alabama attempts to return to its winning ways after sustaining a home loss to LSU last weekend. Mississippi State returns to the field after being on bye last Saturday.
All eyes will be on the quarterbacks in this game as the starter will be a mystery for both teams. The Tide will go with either Tua Tagovailoa or Mac Jones under center, and the Bulldogs will have Garrett Shrader or Tommy Stevens as the signal caller.
Tagovailoa, hindered by an ankle injury he sustained playing Tennessee, is listed as a game time decision for the Crimson Tide. He played valiantly in last week’s loss to LSU, throwing over 400 yards and four touchdowns, but was seen visibly limping after the game. Jones struggled off the bench against Tennessee but played efficiently against Arkansas, throwing three touchdowns with an 82% completion percentage, in his only start of the season.
Stevens, a graduate senior, led Mississippi State to its first conference win of the season against Arkansas prior to their bye week. Shrader missed the Arkansas game with general health concerns. The Bulldogs have played both QBs in four of its nine games this season so seeing both play against the Tide is possibility.
Nick Saban hasn’t lost to Mississippi State since his first season at Alabama and will be looking for a decisive victory this weekend to bolster his team in the eyes of the Playoff Selection Committee. Joe Moorehead heads into Saturday looking for his second conference win of the season and a signature win on his resume in Starkville. The game can be seen on TV on ESPN, and will be broadcast on radio at 100.9 FM and tide1009.com/listen-live/ or on the Tide100.9 app.