Takedown of the Alabama Crimson Tide by the Mississippi State Bulldogs. See our college football odds series for our forecast and choice for Mississippi State vs. Alabama.
Both the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Mississippi State Bulldogs are coming off losses going into this contest. Naturally, the defeat of Alabama attracted considerable national interest. At any time in any season, Alabama and Nick Saban rarely drop a game. Over the past 13 years, the Crimson Tide have been the pinnacle of college football dynasties. The college football national championship game frequently features them. They succeed in getting to the College Football Playoff while making it appear easy. But we are aware that Alabama’s playoff appearances are frequently anything but typical.
Alabama’s 2017 playoff appearance was fortuitous. In the dying seconds of the game against the Tigers last year, Alabama was down by seven points against Auburn. The Tide would not have qualified for the playoffs if they had not recovered to win the game in overtime. Alabama is currently in a situation where there is little room for error. Alabama will almost certainly miss the playoffs for the 2022 season if it loses its remaining regular-season games. If the Crimson Tide loses another game during the next month and a half, Georgia and Tennessee may potentially knock Alabama out of the playoffs. Pressure is mounting on Saban after his team lost a victory over Tennessee in the final 30 seconds due to a botched field goal and shaky pass defence. This group needs to reassemble.
Last week, Mississippi State lost in a contest with considerably less media coverage. Even though the game versus Kentucky did not have significance for the national championship, it was crucial for the Bulldogs in terms of their bowl eligibility, standing in the SEC West, and their potential to improve the programme under coach Mike Leach. MSU needed to win on the road versus Kentucky because it had already lost to LSU earlier in the season and was aware that the Alabama game was coming up soon. This club needed to defeat Kentucky if it wanted to have a chance of winning 10 games this season. That didn’t take place. The flinty defence of Mark Stoops slowed down the Bulldogs’ offensive. Mississippi State made a terrible blunder and was unable to get away from the Wildcats. Now Mississippi State must figure out how to reorganise.
Here are the NCAA football odds between Mississippi State and Alabama, provided by FanDuel.
College Football Odds: Mississippi State-Alabama Odds
Bulldogs of Mississippi State: +21 (-110)
-21 Alabama Crimson Tide (-110)
Over: 60.5 (-112) (-112)
Under: 60.5 (-108)
Why Mississippi State Could Cover the Spread
The point differential is wide, and as you saw see against Tennessee, Alabama lacks the physically intimidating line play required to humiliate strong teams. The Crimson Tide played at a level above any other team in the nation in 2020 thanks to their superior offensive line. This Alabama team is unable to go a step ahead of its opponents. Before losing to Tennessee, it came close to defeats over Texas and Texas A&M. Mississippi State has a chance to keep this game close throughout the whole game.
Why Alabama Could Cover the Spread
After losing to Tennessee, the Crimson Tide will want to make a very strong statement. They will be enraged, and Mississippi State will be the unfortunate victim of poor timing because its passing offence cannot harm Alabama the way Tennessee’s passing attack did.
Final Mississippi State-Alabama Prediction & Pick
Even though Alabama will triumph, the Crimson Tide won’t be the best team in 2022. MSU can cover and keep reasonably close.
Mississippi State-final Alabama’s Pick and Prediction: Mississippi State +21
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