Mississippi State hasn't beaten an SEC team from the state of Alabama since 2007, when they knocked off both the Tide and Tigers. They're 0-8 heading into this season.
Still, there's reason to believe the Bulldogs are still a force when it comes to the SEC West. Consider this: Florence athlete Beniquez Brown chose the Bulldogs over Auburn and MSU has more a dozen players from Alabama on its roster.
Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen says he credits some of his recruiting success to improving facilities and one of the top college atmospheres in the country in Starkville.