A mastermind of offense versus a master mind of defense, that is exactly what we will see today when the Mississippi State Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa to play against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Both of these teams have faced the ebbs and flows of a very unique season and this game should follow suit. State comes in sitting at 1-3, after an opening dominant win versus the LSU Tigers, Mississippi State followed up with 3 consecutive losses. After a multitude of transfers happened within the past 2 weeks, many have wondered if State can even field a competitive team Saturday. Lets take a look at how this game could potentially be a trap game.
Mike Leach is used to big games and has often had his teams amped up and ready to go. Most football fans will remember the Texas Tech stunning upset of Texas back in 2008. Fortunately for Alabama, Mississippi State does not have a WR the caliber of Michael Crabtree. Look for MSU to utilize passes to the boundaries early to spread the Bama defense, along with attempting several variations of “4 Verticals” to try and take the top off. My major area of concern are the mesh and crossing patterns that are a staple of a Leach Air Raid offense. This will put stress on Dylan Moses and Christian Harris to line up properly and cover the correct zones. Mississippi state crossed LSU to death during their game.
Alabama will most likely implement for the formula Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas A&M deployed. Rush 3 and drop 8, make Mississippi State play to your strengths and you not play into theirs. If Bama is able to get their defensive calls in early, and force State into negative situations, Alabama will win and cover the spread. My score prediction is: Alabama 56 Miss State 17
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Cory Dees is an Alabama football and recruiting analyst for Team Tide Talk. Follow him on Twitter @CDees247. Always feel free to reach out with questions and comments. Roll Tide.
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