This week’s game: No. 13 MSU (7-0, 3-0 SEC) at No. 1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN (Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe)
So, is Alabama week different from all the other game weeks for MSU? Certainly. Does that mean the Bulldogs change their approach to this game? Not necessarily.
I look at that in today’s lead story, in which linebacker Cam Lawrence says that all his teammates “have got a glow in their eye.” The magnitude of this game had me wondering if Dan Mullen would treat this week any differently, as he does with Egg Bowl week. Basically, no.
“It’s a big game, but I’ll be honest with you, if we practice and prepare really well, there’s a chance we’ll play really well. You play as you prepare,” Mullen said.
QB Tyler Russell said Alabama is “just another game on our schedule.” OK, but you don’t think there will be a little more energy at practices this week? Sure, you might not change your method of preparing for this game, but something changes, like focus. MSU has had issues with that against lesser opponents this year, but Alabama probably has a way of heightening that focus to maximum levels.
The players are smart, and they know what a win could mean to the program.
“I know everybody’s going to be excited, because coach Mullen’s not going to have to talk to us, give us a pep talk or anything like that,” tailback LaDarius Perkins said. “Everybody knows what we expect out of each other.”
• Also in today’s Journal is a notebook, featuring Perkins, Tobias Smith and an injury report.
• Let’s go through some Alabama links: We all remember the 1980 Bama-MSU game, but the 1981 clash was pretty intense, too. … Hey look, an open practice. WITH VIDEO. … Is A.J. McCarron Heisman-worthy? Too soon to tell. … Hey look, an open practice. WITH VIDEO.