Alabama Football’s Focus Shifts to Gameplanning for Saturday’s Contest at Mississippi Stat


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama football team practiced in full pads for two hours at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for this Saturday’s matchup with the No. 16 Mississippi State Bulldogs.

The Crimson Tide will be faced with the task of stopping a Mississippi State rushing attack that ranks fourth in the conference with 233.2 yards a game. Not to be overlooked is the Bulldogs’ rush defense, which also ranks fourth in the conference. The two SEC West rivals will square off at 6 p.m. CT at Davis Wade Stadium. The game will air live on ESPN with Dave Pasch and Greg McElroy calling the game from the booth and Tom Luginbill on the sidelines.

Alabama owns the all-time series advantage, 81-17-3 (79-18-3 after vacations/forfeits), and is currently riding a nine-game winning streak over State. The Crimson Tide won the most recent meeting between the two schools, 51-3, in Tuscaloosa in 2016. UA holds an all-time advantage of 17-4 (16-4 after vacations) in games played in Starkville and defeated the Bulldogs, 31-6, in the Tide’s last visit to Davis Wade Stadium in 2015.

Earlier today, Minkah Fitzpatrick was selected as one of 20 semifinalists for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award, award organizers announced on Tuesday afternoon. The inaugural Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year, presented by Albertsons and Tom Thumb, will be the first college football honor to focus on primarily on a player’s leadership, both on and off the field. Three finalists will be named for the award on Monday, Dec. 11, with the winner being announced at the award ceremony on Feb. 22, 2018, at The Star in Frisco, Texas.