Know thy foe: Alabama

T.J. Yeldon returns in the backfield for Alabama. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

T.J. Yeldon returns in the backfield for Alabama. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Game day: Nov. 15 at Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821) in Tuscaloosa.

Series: Alabama leads 77-18-3 overall and 41-9-1 in Tuscaloosa.

Last meeting: Alabama won 20-7 in Starkville last season.

Head coach: Nick Saban, 74-15 in seven years at Alabama and 165-57-1 in 18 years overall.

2013 Record: 11-2 overall, 7-1 SEC

W vs. Virginia Tech (Atlanta) 35-10

W at Texas A&M 49-42

W COLORADO STATE 31-6

W OLE MISS 25-0

W GEORGIA STATE 45-3

W at Kentucky 48-7

W ARKANSAS 52-0

W TENNESSEE 45-10

W LSU 38-17

W at Mississippi State 20-7

W CHATTANOOGA 49-0

L at Auburn 28-34

Allstate Sugar Bowl

L vs. Oklahoma 31-45

Returning starters:

Offense (8)

RB T.J. Yeldon, 6-2, 221, Jr., 207 carries for 1,235 yards, 14 TD, 20 catches, 183 yards

WR Amari Cooper, 6-1, 210, Jr., 45 catches for 736 yards, 4 TD

WR DeAndrew White, 6-0, 192, Sr., 32 catches for 534 yards, 4 TD

WR Christion Jones, 5-11, 187, Sr., 36 catches for 349 yards, 2 TD

TE Brian Vogler, 6-7, 263, Sr., 8 catches for 71 yards, 1 TD

LG Arie Kouandjio, 6-5, 315, Sr.

C Ryan Kelly, 6-5, 296, Jr.

RT Austin Shepherd, 6-5, 320, Sr.

Defense (4)

NG Brandon Ivory, 6-4, 308, Sr., 24 tackles, 1.5 TFL

LB Trey DePriest, 6-2, 250, Sr., 65 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 2 FF, 2 FR

SS Landon Collins, 6-0, 222, Jr., 70 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 INT, 2 FF, 2 FR

SS Jarrick Williams, 6-1, 215, Sr., 40 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack

Special Teams (0)

Former MSU commitments

LB Keith Holcombe, 6-3, 215, Fr.

2014 Schedule:

Aug. 30 vs. West Virginia (Atlanta)

Sept. 6 FAU

Sept. 13 SOUTHERN MISS

Sept. 20 FLORIDA

Oct. 4 at Ole Miss

Oct. 11 at Arkansas

Oct. 18 TEXAS A&M

Oct. 25 at Tennessee

Nov. 8 at LSU

Nov. 15 MISSISSIPPI STATE

Nov. 22 WESTERN CAROLINA

Nov. 29 AUBURN

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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