No. 23 Mississippi State at Alabama
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 12:49 a.m.
Gatorsports.com counts down the top 25 games in the SEC for the 2012 season.
NO. 23 — MISSISSIPPI STATE AT ALABAMA
When: Oct. 27
Where: Bryant-Denny Stadium (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Why it's No. 23: Any game involving Alabama is big, considering the Tide have won BCS titles in 2009 and 2011. Mississippi State remains a program on the rise under fourth-year coach Dan Mullen. The game will be a contrast in styles, with Alabama coach Nick Saban's pro-style offense going against Mullen's spread-option attack.
Series history: Alabama leads the all-time series 74–18–3.
Rivalry on a scale of 1-100: 90. The two schools are just an hour-and-a-half apart by car. Mississippi State students often travel to Tuscaloosa on weekends because the nightlife in Starkville is … well … stark. Fans on both sides will be pretty amped up for the contest.