8No. 16 Mississippi State at No. 1 Alabama
For the second week in a row, the Tide square off against a hard-nosed, run-heavy opponent, albeit with less talent. And the game is in Tuscaloosa. So the odds of Alabama losing certainly lengthen.
Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald has shown sudden improvement as a passer of late, though. In his past two starts, he’s completed 31 of 50 passes for 484 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions.
Fitzgerald is a burly, tough ball-carrier who can be a lethal playmaker if his typically scattershot passing accuracy is on point. The one type of player the Tide’s defense has struggled to find answers for during Saban’s tenure is a dual-threat quarterback.
If Fitzgerald plays out of his mind, a major upset could be in store. That’s a big “if,” of course.