Welcome from chilly Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Finally, some real football weather.

It’s more than a little chilly here at Bryant-Denny Stadium where Alabama and Mississippi State will meet as unbeaten teams for the first time since 1942.

Despite Mississippi State's record, nobody outside of Starkville really believes the Bulldogs have a chance in this game. Nevermind that they’re No. 11 this week in the BCS standings and 7-0 for only the second time in school history.

The feeling nationally is that Mississippi State simply hasn’t been tested.

And while it’s true that the Bulldogs have only played two teams this season with winning records, this is still Dan Mullen’s best team at Mississippi State. Another thing to keep in mind is that there are several veterans on this Mississippi State team, and the Bulldogs thrive on the no-respect theme.

Junior quarterback Tyler Russell said earlier this week that he's not sure the Bulldogs really believed they could win last season. He said this is a totally different team.

Winning the turnover battle will be critical for the Bulldogs. The good news is that they lead the country in turnover margin at plus-17. They’ve forced 21 and lost just four.

Then again, Alabama is also among the national leaders in turnover margin, and junior quarterback AJ McCarron has gone 239 straight pass attempts without throwing an interception.

In short, the Bulldogs are probably going to need a little help to win this game, and the Crimson Tide haven’t been in the business of helping people.