Saturday, 12 PM: Mississippi State at #1 Alabama
Last Saturday night's Alabama-LSU game was a true old school SEC heavyweight slugfest. Two dominant defenses engaged in a brilliant exhibition of high stakes punishment chess, with a staggering, knock kneed Tide ultimately crashing over the finish line as 10-0 victors. The outcome revealed both the profound resilience of the defending champs, while possibly giving a blueprint for slowing down Bama's offense and dragging them into a winnable street fight. 4-5 Mississippi State has been tough all year, and finally broke through with a signature victory last week, knocking then 4th seeded Texas A&M out of the playoff picture with a 35-28 upset. The Tide come in bruised and battered, but like the mall at Christmas, Nick Saban seems to have the answer for every occasion.