Can Dak Prescott Keep The Dream Season Rolling In Tuscaloosa?
Showdown In TTown
The Number One team in the land is playing in Tuscaloosa this weekend, and for the first time in my four years, it will not be the home team. Mississippi State puts their season on the line against a Crimson Tide team that is coming off an emotional win at LSU last Saturday. Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs have struggled the past few weeks with less than impressive opponents, but none-the-less they have the Heisman front runner at QB, and it should prove to be the biggest test of the year for both teams.
My hat is off to Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs for a great season up to this point, but they have yet to play in a road environment like Tuscaloosa, with the number one target on their back. Dak Prescott has gotten a lot of headlines, and rightfully so, but people seem to forget he threw two 2nd half interceptions to keep an Auburn team in the game when they should have put the game away a lot earlier. This is the same Auburn secondary that got embarrassed by A&M and South Carolina. Prescott also threw two interceptions against Arkansas, and if Arkansas had a capable QB, then State would have lost easily. Prescott will need to avoid the turnovers against a good Tide defense for the dream season to continue.
Alabama always struggles the week after the LSU game. Call it a hangover if you want, but something seems off each year and that is my deepest fear going into Saturday. Alabama is the best defense Prescott has faced all season, and the most balanced offense State will face for the rest of the season. Blake Sims has continued to improve week to week, and will need to continue his home hot streak against one of the most aggressive front sevens in the the SEC. Alabama has won 13 straight home games, and this will be the 64th consecutive game the Tide has been favored in.
Prediction: Tide 37 State 31
Alabama at home is averaging over 45 points a game, and for some reason teams decide to not guard Amari Cooper in Tuscaloosa. I believe it will be a long day for the Bulldog corner backs, and Blake Sims should have no trouble getting it to his boy Coop all day. The one problem Alabama will have is stopping the QB scrambles on 3rd down. If Dak keeps the chains moving, this will be a knock down, drag out fight till the end. This game can go either way, but in the friendly confines of Bryant-Denny I give the Tide the advantage.