Friday, October 26, 2012

Mississippi State at Alabama: Perception & Respect


Let's face it. No one expects Mississippi State to defeat Alabama on national TV Saturday night. Even though both teams have unblemished records this season, the number 1 ranked Crimson Tide really has no equals in the SEC this year. You certainly would not expect that to change with 'Bama playing host to the Bulldogs from Starkville. But the question most purists have is whether or not State can play with Alabama? Can they be competitive with the Tide for four quarters? Can the Bulldogs stand toe-to-toe with the boys from Tuscaloosa? And is Alabama 23 point superior to Mississippi State as the line indicates? State desperately wants to change the perception of their program. If they walk in to Bryant-Denny Stadium and play four physical quarters and make Alabama work for everything they get, then they will walk out with the respect their program seeks.The perception of the Bulldog program will have changed, and Vegas might have to eat those 23 points. Just sayin...