Know thy foe: Alabama

Former MSU commitment Keith Holcombe also plays baseball for the Crimson Tide. (John Bazemore/ AP)

Former MSU commitment Keith Holcombe also plays baseball for the Crimson Tide. (AP Photo/ John Bazemore)

Game day: Nov. 12 at Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821) in Tuscaloosa.

Series: Alabama leads 79-18-3 overall and 42-9-1 in Tuscaloosa.

Last meeting: Alabama won 31-6 in Starkville in 2015.

Head coach: Nick Saban, 105-18 in nine years at Alabama and 196-60-1 in 20 years overall.

2015 Record: 14-17-1 SEC

W vs. Wisconsin 35-17 (in Arlington)

W Middle Tennessee 37-10

L Ole Miss 43-37

W Louisiana-Monroe 34-0

W at Georgia 38-10

W Arkansas 27-14

W at Texas A&M 41-23

W Tennessee 19-14

W LSU 30-16

W at Mississippi State 31-6

W Charleston Southern 56-6

W at Auburn 29-13

SEC Championship

W vs. Florida 29-15 (in Atlanta)

Cotton Bowl

W vs. Michigan State 38-0

CFB Playoff National Championship

W vs. Clemson 45-40

Returning starters:

Offense (6)

WR Calvin Ridley, 6-1, 188, So. – 89 catches, 1,045 yards, 7 TD; 1 carry, 2 yards

WR ArDarius Stewart, 6-1, 204, Jr. – 63 catches, 700 yards, 4 TD; 5 carries, 14 yards

LT Cam Robinson, 6-6, 310, Jr.

C Ross Pierschbacher, 6-4, 304, So.

RG Alphonse Taylor, 6-5, 345, Sr.

TE O.J. Howard, 6-6, 251, Sr. – 38 catches, 602 yards, 2 TD

Defense (5)

DE Jonathan Allen, 6-3, 291, Sr. – 36 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 12 sacks, 4 PBU, 2 FF

ILB Reuben Foster, 6-1, 236, Sr. – 73 tackles, 8 TFL, 2 sacks, 9 PBU

CB Marlon Humphrey, 6-1, 196, So. – 45 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 3 INT, 8 PBU, 2 FF

CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, 6-1, 203, So. – 45 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks, 2 INT, 11 PBU, 1 blocked kick

SS Eddie Jackson, 6-0, 194, Sr. – 46 tackles, 3 TFL, 6 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR

Special Teams (2)

K Adam Griffith, 5-10, 191, Sr. – 23 of 32 field goals, long 55

P JK Scott, 6-6, 202, Jr. – 70 punts, 3,094 yards (44.2 avg.), long 59

Former MSU Commitments:

DL Raekwon Davis, 6-7, 315, Fr.

LB Keith Holcombe, 6-4, 227, So. – 9 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 blocked kick

OL Scott Lashley, 6-7, 313, Fr.

Former MSU coach:

Jody Wright, director/ player personnel

2016 Schedule

Sept. 3 USC (in Arlington)

Sept. 10 Western Kentucky

Sept. 17 at Ole Miss

Sept. 24 Kent State

Oct. 1 Kentucky

Oct. 8 at Arkansas

Oct. 15 at Tennessee

Oct. 22 Texas A&M

Nov. 5 at LSU

Nov. 12 Mississippi State

Nov. 19 Chattanooga

Nov. 24 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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