Know thy foe: Alabama

A'Shawn Robinson made seven tackles, a half-tackle for loss and broke up this pass against Mississippi State last season. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

A’Shawn Robinson made seven tackles, a half-tackle for loss and broke up this pass against Mississippi State last season. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Game day: Nov. 14 at Davis Wade Stadium (61,337) in Starkville

Series: Alabama leads 78-18-3 overall and 17-4 in Starkville.

Last meeting: Alabama won 25-20 in Tuscaloosa in 2014.

Head coach: Nick Saban, 91-17 in eight years at Alabama and 177-59-1 in 19 years overall.

2014 Record: 122, 7-1 SEC

W vs. West Virginia (in Atlanta) 33-23

W FLORIDA ATLANTIC 41-0

W SOUTHERN MISS 52-12

W FLORIDA 42-21

L at Ole Miss 23-17

W at Arkansas 14-13

W TEXAS A&M 59-0

W at Tennessee 34-20

W at LSU 20-13 (OT)

W MISSISSIPPI STATE 25-20

W WESTERN CAROLINA 48-14

W AUBURN 55-44

SEC Championship Game

W vs. Missouri 42-13

Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal)

L vs. Ohio State 42-35

Returning starters:

Offense (2)

LT Cameron Robinson, 6-6, 326, So.

C Ryan Kelly, 6-5, 297, Sr.

Defense (7)

DE Jarran Reed, 6-4, 313, Sr., 55 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 1 sack, 5 PBU

NT A’Shawn Robinson, 6-4, 312, Jr., 49 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3 PBU, 1 FF

DE Jonathan Allen, 6-3, 272, Jr., 33 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 1 PBU

LB Denzel Devall, 6-2, 252, Sr., 11 tackles, 1 TFL

LB Reggie Ragland, 6-2, 252, Sr., 95 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FF, 3 FR

CB Cyrus Jones, 5-10, 196, Sr., 46 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 INT, 13 PBU, 2 FF, 1 FR

S Eddie Jackson, 6-0, 194, Jr., 41 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT, 6 PBU, 2 FF, 1 FR

Special Teams (2)

K Adam Griffith, 5-10, 192, Jr., 12 of 19 FG, long 47

P JK Scott, 6-5, 195, So., 55 punts for 2,640 yards (48 avg), long 73

Former MSU Commitment

LB Keith Holcombe, 6-4, 223, R-Fr.

Former MSU Coach

Jody Wright, director of player personnel

2015 Schedule

Sept. 5 vs. Wisconsin (in Arlington, Texas)

Sept. 12 MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Sept. 19 OLE MISS

Sept. 26 LOUISIANA-MONROE

Oct. 3 at Georgia

Oct. 10 ARKANSAS

Oct. 17 at Texas A&M

Oct. 24 TENNESSEE

Nov. 7 LSU

Nov. 14 at Mississippi State

Nov. 21 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN

Nov. 28 at Auburn

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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