14 November 2009
I'm angry with new basketball Coach Anthony Grant. Angry is probably too stong. But no matter what Mal Moore said in an e-mail to supporters this week, a 1:00 basketball tip in Tuscaloosa does not leave time for the trip to 6:00 kick at State post-game. Unless you'd like to arrive in the third quarter after parking in Columbus. Next time, play the game on Friday, Coach. That's what Mississippi State did! It says here they beat Rider 88-74 last night.
Oh... wait.. I'm being told the 19th ranked Bulldogs got beat by Rider last night? Ouch. Nevermind, Coach. Do what you want...
Glen was PERFECT last week. Nice work picking the Oregon State upset. One more good week, and Glen could pass me! Inconceivable!
Your results and pick:
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And now, this week's games!
|Iowa at Ohio State
|Utah at TCU
|Tennessee at Ole Miss
|Florida at South Carolina
|Auburn at Georgia
And, this evening's tilt in lovely Starkville.
Breaking News: Mississippi State is not horrible. Everyone seems to think they are suddenly, but they're not. They've played a very tough schedule, and haven't been beat badly by anyone, really.
That being said, Alabama is better than not horrible. State's defense has been... umm, we'll say lackluster. They're in the bottom quarter of the conference in every meaningful defensive stat. They're really a one trick pony on offense with Anthony Dixon (the best back in the conference not named Mark Ingram). It'll be a standard, brusing, burly Alabama-MSU affair, and, like most of those games, the Tide will roll. But it will not be without a battle.
Trap game trap game trap game trap game! Seriously, how could I not pick Alabama to win, but still: trap game! Mississippi St. might be better than you think. In their last 7 games, they are only 3-4, but the three wins include two SEC wins, the four teams that beat them are all currently top 15 BCS teams, and the average margin of victory was only 8. The Dawgs have won two of their last three against us, and Starkvegas is always a tough visit.
On the other hand, their power rushing game is probably not the best way to go after us, and Bama looked stronger against LSU last week than the score indicates. If we solve our red-zone woes, this one gets out of hand. If not, we win a game that might wind up pretty tight.
nxojkt:Mississippi State is a tougher opponent than their record would indicate, but this Alabama team has turned the corner, and is now squarely on the home stretch. Losing last year's Sugar Bowl completely removed any danger of this team looking past any opponent, so the Tide is prepared for Saturday.
State has managed to keep games close against a number of quality opponents, but the continuing theme is that they can not stop the opponent from scoring. Look for Bama to win fairly comfortably, somewhere in the 16-22 point range.
Bama usually has a tough time in Starkville but this year might be the exception. State has trouble stopping the run on defense and trouble with the passing game on offense. That is double trouble for the Bulldogs. Mark Ingram should either strengthen his case for the Heisman Saturday while the Bama defense makes life miserable for MSU quarterback Tyson Lee. While I expect the Tide control this game from start to finish, it is likely that it will resemble the South Carolina game. A 10 point or so win that feels like a 30 point win.
Roll Tide! Beat Cornell, then beat the Dogs!
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