THE REAL ANIMAL SPORTS
Free pick Saturday is 2* Alabama -5 1/2.
Fundamentally tough spot for Mississippi State considering the Bulldogs are 3-9 on the road allowing 79.7 points per game. Alabama has shown they can play stifling defense when they held South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M to 50, 57, and 62 respectively in Tuscaloosa. The Tide is on a roll winning five straight and the SEC road is just so tough for middle-of-the-pack visitors to compete. The last time Mississippi State played a road game was on February 6 losing at LSU 88-77. Plus they allowed the Tide 82 points at home earlier this year. Bama 13-4 SU the last 17 meetings at home w/ the Bulldogs. Plus coming off that one-point upset at home against Vanderbilt does not put State in an advantageous spot today. They have not won back-to-back games since December. Note: Alabama 6-0 ATS off four or more consecutive wins the last two years. Shannon Hale upgraded to probable for the Tide today.