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This may come as a surprise to some, but it is actually harder to beat a supposedly "inferior team" at home then it is on the road, especially in front of a home crowd like Alabama. Yes, Bryant Denny Stadium seats north of 100,000 fans, but those fans put just as much pressure on their own boys as they do our boys. So when Bama starts making mistakes and falls behind you will hear Bama fans boo and then Bama's football team and coaching staff starts pressing and instead of playing loose and with confidence, they start playing tight and lose focus. This is how Auburn came back and beat them when Auburn won the national title with Cam Newton a couple of years ago.
This Mississippi State team will be the most talented, balanced, hardest hitting, fastest, most experienced and motivated football team since that Auburn team Bama faced with Cam Newton. Bama has no clue what state of mind States team is in and has no idea what is going to hit them this Saturday. Just like State looks past teams like Kentucky, MTSU, Troy, USA, and even teams like Vandy, Bama is looking past State and is focusing on LSU for the SEC West title game and looking to play Florida for the SEC Championship game. Bama's players are looking at this game this weekend as simply a stepping stone to get where they already belong...this game this Saturday is a mere task for them...thats human nature to think that and you cannot fight human nature. Bama's players will not be mentally dialed in 100%...States players will be.
I watched the Bama-Tennesse game 3 times. I watched the Bama-tsun game 3 times. Bama beat tsun, but was helped by several tsun mistakes. Bama didnt beat Tennessee as much as Tennessee lost to Bama. Tennessee simply made too many mistakes, and when you make mistaks against Bama, they pounce.
Bama has one bigtime player, Cooper, the wide receiver. Cooper has never faced a db like Johnthan Banks or Darius Slay. If Banks is 100% this Saturday, Banks will take away the freshmans confidence and he will start making mistakes, even may start resorting to offensive pass interference to get separation from Banks to make catches. Banks will bait Cooper and McCarron into thinking Cooper is open...then Banks will pounce on the chance to make a pic or lay Cooper out on the tarmac. And trust and believe, Nickoe Whitley is watering at the mouth to slam into Cooper after he makes a catch...the type of slam and hit that puts players to sleep. After a few hits like that Cooper will get alligator arms.
McCarron is not an athletic quarterback at all. He passes great when his 350 lb offensive linemen give him all day to pass without taking hits, but when State blitzes over and over and start knocking McCarron to the ground you will see a quarterback lose his confidence and starting to make bad decisions...and when that happens he will start throwing pics. Bama will then go back to the running game where they will rely on TJ Yeldon and Lacy. Lacy's spin moves are deadly and the first defender to reach Lacy seldom brings him down or even gets a good grip on him. Yeldon is incredibly strong and also adept and stiff arming or running through the first tackler. But State has seen this before, and with 8 in the box and man coverage on the edge, Bama's running backs are going to catch hell trying to make runs against State.
Bama's linebackers are big and not fast enough or agile enough to keep up with Bumphis, Jameon Lewis, M. Johnson or Marcus Green. Marcus Green is basically a 240 lb wide receiver and no team has been able to match up with him effectively. Green is fast, powerful, and has the hands of Wes Welker. Also, Bama does not have a secondary talented enough to effectively cover Arceto Clark, Chad Bumphis, Marcus Green, Ladarius Perkins, Robert Johnson, Chris Smith, and Brandon Hill and Brandon Heavens.
Bama's offense is not unique or necessarily potent. They line up against you and try to overpower you. They cannot do that against State. When they need passes Bama's O Line gives McCarron all the time he needs to throw the ball to Cooper for the big play. States blitz packages and db coverage of the receivers will not give McCarron clear targets, that means mistakes. Bama's team is opportunitic, you make a mistake, they capitalize.
State can take the top off of Bama's defense with our deep passing threat, that will keep Bama's safeties honest, but exposes Bama to Ladarius Perkins draw and counter plays. State will control the clock and sustain long drives and keep Bama's offense off the field and render Bama unable to get into rhythm...that will result in Bama's offense pressing and taking chances when they do hit the field...and our secondary will make Bama pay.
In summary, why will we beat Bama? Cuz they have NO IDEA what is about to hit them this Saturday.
How will we beat Bama? By exposing their weaknesses, taking control of the game, keeping their offense off the field, and neutralizing their one deep threat in Amari Cooper...and by turning Bama's fans against their own team.
This is why and how we are going to beat Bama this Saturday...and you heard it here first!
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by marooni 21 months ago
We will win this game on Coach Mullen's decisions. I have rarely seen a coach with so great of game management.
This is Our State! This is Our Trophy!
just to fuel the fire...
Yankees just got swept.
Last time the Yankees were swept in the playoffs was 1980...the same year MSU beat No. 1 Alabama 6-3
ETA: a little more mind blowing, 1980 was the year both my wife and I were born...our daughter was born last month
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by msukb591 21 months ago
BAMA 45 MSU 10
don't like what you have to say - but love what you have to show us.
I like it. Complete fantasy, but at least you believe in your team......unlike Tennessee fans.
Which is greater: the number of Alabama fans that wear nothing but overalls and a mullet or the number of Alabama fans married to their cousins?
And seeing how the world is supposed to end at some point this year, it would only make sense that this is our year
I'm gonna go with number of bulldogs who quit...
State has a shot at winning, but a slim one. You have to remember that MSU wasn't able to win the last 5 games for a reason...
OP is making classical mistake of underestimating opponent and overestimating his own team.
Not being a buzzkill but Marcus Green having "Wes Welker" hands & our "deep threat" passing game literally made me LOL. Other than that you are kinda on point. They have no idea the level of talent they are about to face in the secondary. MSU can absolutely make Bama pretty much one dimensional but Bama does that one dimension (running the football) better than most teams in the history of college football. They as well as the rest of the college football world are in for a major shock come Saturday night. To pull out the W will be very improbable if not almost impossible but after 60 minutes the tide will know full well that they have played one HELLUVA football team
Don't smoke crack!
From a MS State fan? Lulz.
I'm just glad that we are going to be allowed on the same field as Alabama...apparently they are some sort of a big deal...you'd never be able to tell from the humility (and extensive knowledge) of their fanbase though. Humble folks who are very aware of the other teams on their schedules, their personnell, etc.
Bama has the better team overall no doubt, but our players want this more than anything especially the seniors.
Win or lose, I'll bump this post on Sunday. Either to say "congratulations, good call" or "haha!". My guess is it will be the latter, but, we shall see.
P.S. Should it be the latter, please don't be like EVERY other fan base we play and talk smack before the game and then whine like little babies after we blow their "team of destiny" off the field and come back to remind them of their delusional rants.
Poor bastards getting off the bus in Tuscaloosa will probably feel like those dumped on Omaha Beach - Unknown Vol's fan
The one and only way state can win is beat us at our own game. Pass over 22 times and you have zero chance. You average 4 yards a carry and throw in no turnovers while only passing less than 22 times then you have a chance. Go see how many teams has beat us not doing all 3 of those things...in the past 4 years. Zero.
This post was edited by crimsonworld 21 months ago
That is called profiling!
Our seniors have a chance to get their 3rd national championship rings. You think a petty rivalry announcing you made it (which you're talented but not there yet and never will be bc y'all run a spread and will never get key recruits from Bama/LSU) is greater influence than setting a prescedent in collegiate football history by establishing yourself as one of the great classes ever assembled? To win 3 titles ever would be amazing but in the BCS era it would even amplify the achievement. We're not overlooking anyone, we're just dusting the path one team at a time to #15.
You'll never achieve great things until you believe that's what's supposed to happen
Dear lord....a MSU fan making fun of another team for being rednecks? The irony is thick in this one.
Enjoy our indoor plumbing, paved roads and Super Target while you're here....
I want to smash Kate Upton.
This post was edited by Paul Jones 21 months ago
I am keenly aware of our opponents, their personnel, and THEIR opponents. Speaking of the latter, this is what I've observed:
- MSU's "best" wins are against 4-3 MTSU, 4-3 Troy, and 3-4 Tennessee
- 1-AA McNeese St. beat MTSU
- Western Kentucky, a team we beat 35-0, beat Troy on the road just like MSU except that WKU gave up 200 LESS yards of offense than MSU. MSU gave up over 500yds of offense to Troy but is somehow going to shut down Bama?
- MSU scraped by UT at home. Bama murdered UT on the road
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