Alabama vs. Mississippi State - Game Notes 11/12

Alabama vs. Mississippi State

Kickoff set for 6:45pm CT                                                                                                       Broadcast: ESPN

THE GAME: Alabama goes on the road this week at Mississippi State for a primetime game on ESPN. The Crimson Tide enters the game coming off of its first loss of the season and stands at 8-1 overall and 5-1 in Southeastern Conference play. The Bulldogs are 5-4 overall and 1-4 in SEC play. The game is set for a 6:45 p.m. kickoff at Davis-Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss. The game will air on ESPN with Brad Nessler serving as the play-by-play announcer, and Todd Blackledge at his side as the color analyst. They will be joined by sideline reporter Holly Rowe. Eli Gold and Phil Savage will handle the radio call on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart serving as sideline reporter.

HEAD COACH NICK SABAN: Alabama head coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) is in his fifth season with the Crimson Tide. Named the school's 27th head coach on Jan. 3, 2007, Saban has compiled a 46-12 record (51-12 before five vacated wins in 2007) at Alabama while leading the Tide to two SEC Western Division championships, one conference title and one national championship. Saban holds a career record of 137-54-1 (142-54-1) as a collegiate head coach, while also serving at Toledo, Michigan State and LSU. Saban won his first national championship as head coach of the LSU Tigers in 2003, guiding the Tigers to a 13-1 record that season. Overall, Saban has coached four conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC, 2003 SEC and 2009 SEC) and 11 of his 14 teams have played in postseason bowl games with the Tide appearing in a bowl game each year under Saban's direction. Saban is also the only active coach to win two BCS National Championships and the first to accomplish the feat at two different schools.

RANKINGS: In the latest polls released on Nov. 6, Alabama droppPress in the Harris poll and stands at No. 3 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Mississippi State in not ranked. MISSISSIPPI STATE SERIES: for the 96th time in school history and boasts a 73-18-3 record (not including one forfeit and one vacated win) in the series. The Tide have won three straight in the series and eight of the last 10 games. Alabama has outscored MSU 93-20 in the last three meetings. The Tide also boasts a 15-4 (.789) record against the Bulldogs in Starkville, winning eight of the last 12 games at Davis-Wade Stadium. Alabama's record against MSU in games played in the state of Mississippi is 27-7-1 (.786).

NEXT GAME: Alabama hosts its final home game of the season on November 19 against Georgia Southern. It will be the first meeting between the Crimson Tide and the Eagles. Georgia Southern is ranked fourth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision with a 7-1 record.

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