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Josh Robinson (13) and his buddies have had plenty to be excited about this season. (Getty)

Josh Robinson (13) and his buddies have had plenty to be excited about this season. (Getty)

I saw this tidbit while researching the SEC for my conference notes package that runs every Friday in the AJC.

(Shameless plug).

As most of you know, No. 1 Mississippi State (9-0) plays at No. 5 Alabama (8-1) on Saturday.

Here’s something you might not know: No SEC West team has won at LSU and at Alabama in the same season since 1957.

Mississippi State accomplished the feat then and can do it again this season.

The Bulldogs won 34-29 at LSU on Sept. 20, but hasn’t won in Tuscaloosa since 2006 and hasn’t defeated Alabama anywhere since 2007.

And remember. Mississippi State has won only 20 of 98 meetings with the Crimson Tide.

But this edition of Mississippi State football isn’t like many of the preceding teams.

It has many things going for it, including:

  • Dak Prescott has set the school’s single-season mark with 3,010 yards, moving past Tyler Russell’s former record of 2,892 yards, set in 2012.
  • RB Josh Robinson is second in the SEC with 984 yards and tied for first with 11 TDs.
  • DE Preston Smith leads the Bulldogs with seven sacks, 14 hurries and 11.5 tackles for loss. He also has two interceptions.
  • Mississippi State has won seven straight SEC games.
  • Mississippi State has won 12 consecutive games, its longest winning streak in 70 years and the second-longest in school history.

Alabama still has the best defense in the SEC against the run and in total yards, and second against in scoring, so the Bulldogs will need to figure out how to move and score.

Mississippi State will play well, but Alabama — with the home field — will win and damage the Bulldogs’ dream season.


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