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The Alabama Crimson Tide is 7-0 for the first time since, well, last season.
No matter the record, is it time to show these upstarts what real tradition looks like, Bama Nation.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs are also 7-0, for the first time since 1999.
The two programs, one forged through the fire of 14 National Championship runs and another wading into uncharted waters, are on a crash course for a Saturday battle in front of more than 100,000 strong at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Looks like a few members of the Mississippi State student body have crashed this party early, however.
The last things these students should be doing it messin’ with Mr. Saban, are we right or are we right?
Nick Saban has taken the Tide to heights not enjoyed since the days of legendary ball coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant in winning two of the last three BCS National Championships and currently enjoying its time atop the BCS Polls yet again. Led by NFL-caliber offensive linemen, the best cornerback in college football and a quarterback currently making a run at the Heisman Trophy, Saban’s Tide has been rolling over each and every team on its schedule thus far.
Dan Mullen is currently patrolling the sidelines in Starkeville. At 40 years of age, he is currently the youngest head coach in the SEC but has already put together an impressive coaching resume. He spent a few years at Urban Meyer’s side as the offensive coordinator of the Florida Gators’ 2006 and ’08 national championship squads. After taking the reins of Mississippi State in 2009, he helped his team to an improved 5-7 record, not exactly Bama standards.
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Now in his fourth year, he has ridden star running back Ladarius Perkins to the aforementioned undefeated record, but a great start to the season does not, in fact, define a successful season.
Thus, perhaps it would behoove these Bulldogs to tread a bit more carefully.
Or, at the very least, know your role and act like you’ve been there before.
On Saturday, Mississippi State is going to have to overcome long odds (they are 23.5 point underdogs after all) in order to move to 8-0 for the first time since that 1999 season.
Who did they lose to when trying to reach that untouchable 9-0?
You guessed it: Alabama.
Where did the two teams meet so many years ago?
You guessed it: Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Is it time to show these upstarts what real tradition looks like, Bama Nation?
How are Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon preparing for Mississippi State? Watch them practice here.