MSU previews and recruiting

Alabama vs. Mississippi State
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay talk about the Alabama-Mississippi State game and all the undefeated teams. Both pick Alabama and share their keys to the game.

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Hicks on MSU
Nick Saban knows how close this team is to the ultimate goal of a National Championship game. On his call in show Thursday night he made sure to let the fans know that this team is not looking past the Bulldogs and the fans should not ether.

“If our stadium on Saturday, I don’t give a S#%$ who we’re playing, better be what it oughta be because of what these guys have done!” Saban said. “I’m just telling you! It oughta be that. You gotta do it for them. Don’t wait for the next game, how bout right now? Our crowd should have an effect on this game for our players and our team for what they’ve done. Now, you want to know how I feel? That’s how I feel about it!”

The Bulldogs have embarrassed the Tide the past two years. Mississippi State has not even allowed the Tide to put up an offensive touchdown in three games against the fighting “Crooms”. “We’ve kind of had a bad taste in our mouths for the past couple years,” said quarterback John Parker Wilson.

Wilson has not fared well against Mississippi State in his career he has thrown four picks; one went 100 yards for a touchdown, and has a rating of 47.9 percent.

Nick Saban said Mississippi State has one of the better defenses in the SEC, the Bulldogs rank fifth in the SEC in total defenseand 11th in rushing defense. The Bulldogs have the top ranked pass defense in the SEC so look for the Tide to establish the running game early.

The Bulldogs are 0-4 on the road so far this season being outscored 128-48. —by Michael Hicks

Recruiting: Bone says six state players headed to All-Star game
Recruiting expert Andrew Bone reports that six players from the state will make the trip to the US Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3, 2009. Three of the six have committed to Alabama. As for Alabama’s recruiting class, it stands at #6 in the 2009 Rivals ranking.

Watching Georgia vs. Auburn
I think Kodi Burns is progressing. He’s still green, but I see potential in the Auburn quarterback. He could become good despite what Tony Franklin might think. As for Georgia, I hate to admit this but…they might be the worst coached team in the SEC now. Richt is one of my favorite coaches, but this team is undisciplined and makes so many mistakes.

Alabama’s game tonight
Just like last week, we’ll activate a blog to discuss the game realtime. Feel free to show up and share your thoughts on the game.