November 10, 2008

Croom's Monday Teleconference

Outside of Auburn, Mississippi State has had the most recent success at knocking off Alabama.

The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings and have not surrendered an offensive touchdown to the Crimson Tide in over three years.

MSU head coach Sylvester Croom feels his team has an excellent opportunity to show the country what they can do when the game kicks off in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday at 6:45 on ESPN.

"Mainly when you play a No. 1 team from your conference, it's exciting," Croom said. "When we will be playing, everybody in the country will be watching. They will be watching Alabama and their march toward a possible national title and it gives us a chance to go out and showcase our talent level against the best team in the country. I'm sure our players are going to be very excited about having that opportunity."

Croom believes the Tide's success this season all starts up front with their offensive linemen Andre Smith and Antoine Caldwell.

"It all starts with their offensive line," Croom said. "Their left tackle and center, those two guys impress me. The left tackle is probably a first round draft choice and I think the center is. He reminds me a lot of Dwight Stevenson. He is a great player for them so they've got two special offensive linemen."

The protection up front has allowed quarterback John Parker Wilson to have a breakout senior season. Wilson has thrown for 1,627 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions this year.

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