- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

No. 3 Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC) at No. 20 Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

Line: Alabama by 7½.

Series Record: Alabama leads 78-13-3.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Alabama is trying to tighten its grip on first place in the SEC’s Western Division with a victory in Starkville. Mississippi State could turn the race into a mess with a win and vastly improve its outside chance at capturing the title.

KEY MATCHUP

Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott vs. Alabama’s defense. The Bulldogs ask a ton from Prescott, who has established himself as the greatest player in school history. He’s thrown for 2,351 yards and 18 touchdowns and also run for a team-high 418 yards and seven touchdowns. Alabama will counter with a defense that’s been among the league leaders all season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alabama: RB Derrick Henry. The 6-foot-3, 242-pound back has been a workhorse all season with 1,254 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns. The most impressive part is he seems to be getting better as the season progresses - he had 38 carries for 210 yards and three touchdowns against LSU last week.

Mississippi State: WR De’Runnya Wilson. The 6-foot-5 Wilson had two touchdown catches against Missouri last week and will be the Bulldogs’ main threat when they try to make a play downfield and stretch Alabama’s secondary.

FACTS & FIGURES

Alabama’s Henry is averaging 173.6 yards rushing per game in the Tide’s five games against nationally-ranked opponents. … Alabama QB Jake Coker has completed 74.4 percent (93-for-125) of his passes for 1,021 yards and three touchdowns over the past five games. … Alabama has 13 interceptions this season, which ranks first in the SEC. Mississippi State’s Prescott has thrown just one interception all season. … Prescott has a 21-8 record as the starting MSU quarterback over the past three seasons. … Mississippi State’s defense has only allowed 12 points in the fourth quarter all season, including zero touchdowns.

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