Alabama continues to prepare for division showdown with Mississippi State

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban 


Photo by Kent Gidley
01-16-2016 MFB Practice 14

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban 


Photo by Kent Gidley
Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban Photo by Kent Gidley 01-16-2016 MFB Practice 14 Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban Photo by Kent Gidley

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football team put in two more hours of work on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for this Saturday’s matchup with Mississippi State, practicing in full pads at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

The team continued to work on a game plan to stop a Bulldog ground attack that ranks among the best in the conference with an average of 226.9 rush yards per game. The two border rivals are scheduled for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium. ESPN will air the game live with the trio of Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe covering the action.

Alabama holds the all-time series advantage, 78-18-3, and has won the last eight matchups between the two squads. The Tide has also won the last four meetings in Tuscaloosa, outscoring the Bulldogs 125-44 over that span. Most recently, Alabama came away with a 31-6 victory in Starkville last season.

Senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen is one of 24 players named to the latest watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award. A final watch list will be announced in late November, with the winner being named on December 7. The Ted Hendricks Award has recognized the top country’s top defensive end each season since the award’s inception in 2002. Allen has 38 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss this season, and shares the team lead in sacks with seven. He is currently tied for second on the Alabama career sack list with 25.

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