Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott isn’t convinced that Alabama was the better team when it beat the Bulldogs last season, 25-20. When Alabama hosted Mississippi State at Bryant-Denny it was the week after the annual slugfest against LSU, and the Crimson Tide were still recovering from their overtime win over LSU.
Meanwhile, Mississippi State was coming in undefeated, was carrying a No. 1 ranking and feeling fresh after facing UT-Martin the previous week.
With all that going for Mississippi State they still got off to a sluggish start, digging themselves a hole from which they couldn’t escape. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott isn’t convinced that Alabama’s talent or perseverance is the reason Alabama won. He and some other Bulldogs think it was more of a mental issue for Mississippi State.
Mississippi State defensive end Ryan Brown had this to day at SEC Media Days:
“We looked forward, and I feel as though we tripped on our own feet when we started looking forward to other things. Now we just take every game as if it was the championship. Every game is a championship.
“A lot of guys were looking forward to the championship, the SEC Championship. That’s how we fell off. We learned that.”
Really? Mississippi State was looking past Alabama? Does anyone really believe that?
Prescott seems to think that if the Bulldogs had time for one more drive they would have won the game.
“Losing by five right there at the end of the game, another minute or another drive on offense and I think we win that game.”
It all sounds like sour grapes from players that knew they had a chance to do something special and realized they blew their big opportunity. Mississippi State players better put it behind them or they may look past Alabama again.