Alabama Has To Stop Dak Prescott

Keenly aware of the adage that “What has gone before has no effect on the next game,” there is still some interest in how Alabama played against a team – and particularly a star player – in the past, and what might happen in the next game.

The look back was part of last week’s prediction that Alabama would beat LSU. Although Leonard Fournette was not featured in 2014 as he has been this year, Bama held him to 79 yards on 21 carries in the Crimson Tide’s overtime win at Baton Rouge.

No one could have predicted that Alabama would have the success against Fournette that came Saturday in Tuscaloosa, holding him to 31 yards on 19 carries in Bama’s 30-16 win.

Last year Mississippi State came to Alabama undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation, primarily because of quarterback Dak Prescott.

To say that Prescott was the Mississippi State offense last year against Alabama is an understatement. The Bulldogs had 88 offensive plays in that game and Prescott had 70 of them – 48 passes and 22 runs. He was sacked only one time.

One key in the game was that Alabama turned in three interceptions (by safeties Landon Collins and Nick Perry, who have finished, and Cyrus Jones, who is back at cornerback). This year Prescott has thrown 300 passes and has suffered only one interception.

Prescott against Alabama was 27-48 passing for 290 yards and he picked up 82 yards rushing, 372 of the Bulldogs’ 428.

Alabama won the game 25-20, with Mississippi State getting a final touchdown with only 15 seconds to play.

Prescott has been outstanding this year (as has Fournette) with 200-300 passing for 2,351 yards and 18 touchdowns and 86 rushes for 418 yards (4.9 per carry) and 7 TDs.

This is the last time the Tide will face Prescott, a 6-2, 230-pound senior.

To be sure, Alabama’s run defense – allowing only 75.8 yards per game – is better than its pass defense – fifth in the SEC, allowing 189.6 yards per game.

Alabama (8-1 overall, 5-1 in the SEC) and Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2) kick off in Starkville at 2:30 p.m.CST Saturday. CBS will televise the game.

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