Beating 2-Time Defending National Champs, #1 Bama: Old Hat for MSU

MSU - bama 1980The 2013 version of the Alabama Crimson Tide are two-time defending national champions and ranked #1 in the country. Mississippi State will welcome them in for a home game this weekend. Where have I heard this story before?


That’s right. All the same circumstances as this one…

  • Alabama had won the 1978 and 1979 national championship
  • They were #1 in the country
  • They were going to play on MSU’s turf (in Jackson, MS at the time)

The Dawgs won 6-3.

It’s our greatest win ever, can history repeat itself? Who knows, but it’s a lesson – anything can happen.

Bear Bryant’s 1980 Crimson Tide team was possibly an even bigger juggernaut than what Nick Saban fields today. They had won an incredible 28 straight games. They had won 27 straight SEC games (the last time they had lost one was to #6 Georgia in 1976). MSU was staring down the barrel of 22 consecutive losses to Alabama. You saw how weird it was for Vanderbilt to beat Florida last week – that was a 22 game streak as well. NO ONE thought State had a chance in this game – much like they don’t in 2013.

The 1980 Alabama team was just as dominating as this year’s version. In their previous seven games that year they beat the competition by an average score of 37-8…a margin of 29 points. Nick Saban’s machine is beating teams by an average margin of 30 points, 41-11.

It may seem impossible, but our boys in maroon have done it before. Against all the odds, we’ve pulled the unthinkable upset. Let’s do it again.


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