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Initial Impressions: Alabama Defeats Mississippi State, but Both Teams Lose

The game started with a nod to Lane Kiffin, as Steve Sarkisian dialed up the fan favorite jet sweep “pass” to Henry Ruggs III. One thing I learned from the Kiffin years is that going horizontal at the start of the game is the best way to eliminate over-hyped aggressive fronts— one of the biggest issues Alabama had trying to “establish the run” at the start of the game with Jim McElwain and Doug Nussmeier.

Anyway, a false start derailed the the first set of downs, and a 3rd and 11 looked like it might spell a 3 and out to open the game.