November 11, 2008

Croom's Tuesday Press Conference

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom is well aware the significance Saturday's game with top-ranked Alabama.

He has been on both sides of the coin but his only concern now is finding a way for the Bulldogs to take down his alma mater for the third year in a row.

"It's a great opportunity for us as a football team," Croom said. "It's rare that you get a chance to play the No. 1 team in the country during the course of the season. That opportunity has been afforded us and we're going to prepare as best as we possibly can and go over there and play as well as we possibly can in the hopes of winning a game, on the road, in Tuscaloosa, against the No. 1 team in the country."

Being a Tuscaloosa native, Croom makes the short trip down Highway 82 from Starkville to visit his mother but says he doesn't tarry to long in his hometown.

"I don't go over there very much. When I do I go over there to visit my mom and I come right back over here. I don't hang out at a lot of the local places. It's home, and yet it's enemy territory. I don't hang out in Oxford, either."

"Tuscaloosa ain't changed in a long time, I go over there a lot and it's pretty much the same. They've got a beautiful stadium and the stadium is a lot different, though. I still haven't seen it all and I probably won't. We go in the back way coming in and that's the way I'm coming out."

Croom knows his team has underachieved this season with a 3-6 record coming in against the Tide. But believes they have the talent in place to pull the upset.

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