No. 1-ranked Alabama’s Week 11 home game against No. 21 Mississippi State on Saturday, Nov. 10, will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT and will air on CBS, the Southeastern Conference announced on Monday.
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Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and Jamie Erdahl will call the contest from Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The Bulldogs have posted a 5-3 (2-3 SEC) record to begin their season. Mississippi State won its most recent game by defeating Texas A&M, 28-13. Its three losses came at the hands of Kentucky, Florida and LSU, which are all teams ranked among the top 15 in college football.
Alabama and Mississippi State will meet for the 103rd time in two weeks. The Crimson Tide leads the all-time series, 82-17-3, and won last year’s meeting, 31-24, in Starkville, Miss. The Tide has played more games against Mississippi State than any other opponent and the series, which began in 1896, is the fifth-oldest in UA history. Alabama has won the last 10 meetings between the two schools. Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 15-1 in his career against State, including a 10-1 mark at Alabama. This year’s game will be played in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Mississippi State ended its 2017 season with a 9-4 (4-4 SEC) record and a 31-27 win over Louisville in the Taxslayer Bowl but lost coach Dan Mullen to Florida during the offseason. The Bulldogs hired former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead to take over the program, which returned 17 starters (9 offense, 8 defense) in 2018, including quarterback Nick Fitzgerald.
At SEC Media Days in July, Moorhead was asked about playing in the same division as UA.
“Certainly Alabama is the standard in our conference. They won the National Championship and had a heck of a game there in the final,” Moorhead said this summer in Atlanta.
“And ultimately that’s our biggest challenge as a program, is we’re looking to elevate this program from good to great. And everything we want to do is to operate at championship standard. What we do on the field, what we do in the classroom, what we do in the community on a daily basis, it’s never going to be at the line. It’s going to be above the line or below the line.
“When you’re chasing a great program like Alabama and your goal is to come to the SEC Championship, you have to make sure that you’re doing things on a daily basis that are going to give you an opportunity to compete with a team of that caliber.”
This week, the Crimson Tide will travel to LSU for a night game at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff for Alabama’s Week 10 game is set for 7 p.m. and will broadcast live on CBS. The Bulldogs will be hosting this weekend at Louisiana Tech for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on the SEC Network.
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