Mainly because I'm in the playoffs in 3 of my 4 fantasy leagues, with a VERY good chance to win at least two of them. :-) Haha.
But it is also incredibly important that we take care of a Mississippi State team that absolutely embarrassed us on our own field last year - a game that changed the landscape of Crimson Tide football, probably forever.
I made the mistake of taking one of my good friends, a Mississippi State grad, with me to last year's game. I will not be making that mistake again. Nope. This time I'll be bringing a newly converted hardcore Tider with me - so hopefully luck will change.
There are still people writing about how crazy the Alabama LSU game was from this past weekend. Here's another one.
Y'know what I like to hear? Players saying things like this: "We got over LSU on Sunday, so that's really in the past," Keith Brown said. "We're working on Mississippi State, focusing on those guys and what they do." Signs of a well-coached team.
Terry Grant is ready to make a statement to his home state this Saturday. Read about what he's had to go through this week.
Josh Cooper details how the Mississippi State game last year has changed the entire Alabama program - not only with the coaching staff, but the mentatlity of the players, etc. Read more here
Yahoo Sports says that Saban has the Tide headed in the right direction, and points to the LSU game as the main reason.
Titus Brown, MSU's star defensive end, is from Tuscaloosa, and he always wanted to play at Alabama - but our previous coaching staff didn't offer him a scholarship. Goes to show why they're no longer employed by the University. Regardless, Brown has a chip on his shoulder, especially for this game. Look for him to be a demon again this weekend, like he was last year.
Sylvester Croom believes that the timing of this game (Bama coming off a heartbreaker, State coming off a bye week) will have nothing to do with the outcome of the game. It's all about who goes out and hits the hardest and doesn't turn the football over on Saturday.
The last time Mississippi State played a big game in Starkville was 1998. This is part of Croom's learning process - learning how to win. They need 7 wins to get to a bowl game, and upsetting Alabama again would be absolutely monumental for them. The question is this: is MSU ready for a big game?
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