Even though the Mississippi State Bulldogs had the top spot on the college playoff rankings list, the #5 Alabama Crimson Tide were still -9.5 favorites to win at Bryant-Denney Stadium. The Crimson Tide did not cover the spread but they still had a major win with a 25-20 victory over the Bulldogs.
The Tide got on the board first after Josh Robinson was tackled in his own end zone. This led to a field goal by Adam Griffith.
The teams traded punts for the most part although the Tide's Nick Perry did get an interception. Later in the quarter, Blake Sims got a touchdown pass to Amari Cooper while Derrick Henry had a touchdown run not long after Sims connected with Cooper for 50 yards. The Bulldogs did get to the Tide's five-yard line but three straight incomplete passes by Dak Prescott forced the team to kick a field goal.
The ball went back and forth for a part of the third quarter. While the Bulldogs did have a field goal, Prescott had a pass intercepted by Cyrus Jones within the Tide's end zone for a touchback. Prescott did get a touchdown off to Fred Ross at the start of the fourth to get the Bulldogs to a 19-13 deficit.
T.J. Yeldon ran for a touchdown to give the Tide a 25-13 lead; a two-point conversion attempt failed. Prescott had another interception to Landon Collins but did have a touchdown pass to Jameon Lewis with 15 seconds left. The onside kick attempt following the touchdown failed, thus giving the Tide the win.
Dak Prescott had 290 passing yards 82 rushing yards in spite of his three interceptions. Meanwhile, the Tide's Blake Sims had 211 passing yards with a 19-31 total. The Tide got the lead in the SEC West division following this game and will hold the tiebreaker against the Bulldogs if they have the same SEC and regular season records; both teams are 9-1 although Alabama is 6-1 in the SEC while the Bulldogs are 5-1 and still have one more conference game than the Tide does.
The Tide's victory leaves Florida State and Marshall as the only two unbeaten teams left in the FBS. The Seminoles were #3 on the playoff rankings list while the Thundering Herd were unranked.