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)
Forget what Vegas says and what conventional wisdom tells you: MSU has a chance to win Saturday. And if it does, well, imagine how crazy that would be.
That’s what I did in today’s opinion offering – I played the what-if game. If MSU beats Alabama, new doors open up for this program. The Bulldogs would lead the SEC West and have the inside track to the SEC championship game. Talk of an undefeated regular season would crank up. The words “national championship” would be uttered by many.
Those are the kind of implications that accompany this showdown. But let’s look at the flip side for a moment. If MSU loses, then there would be disappointment, but there are four games after that. All those games are winnable, even the game at LSU (a team that’s underwhelmed me a bit). A BCS bowl or something on a similar level – say, the Cotton Bowl – would still be in play if State went 11-1 or 10-2. That’s what’s good about this Alabama game: It’s not a make-or-break game for MSU. A great season can still be had.
I’ll get more into what could possibly put MSU over the top when I do my prediction later today. Until then, let’s hit some more links.