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College Football Playoff Rankings: Washington cracks top four
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College Football Playoff Rankings: Washington cracks top four
Thursday November 10th, 2016

The Alabama Crimson Tide have the longest active winning streak in the nation with a 21-0 straight up and 14-7 against the spread record in their last 21 games. The Crimson Tide will likely keep rolling this Saturday when they host the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Alabama is a 29-point home favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The last eight games in this head-to-head series have all gone Alabama's way, with the Crimson Tide going 5-3 ATS over that stretch.

It took until the fourth quarter, but freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts finally broke a scoreless tie against the LSU Tigers with a 21-yard touchdown run. The run capped off a grueling 12-play, 90-yard scoring drive, and the freshman ended the game with 114 rushing yards on a team-high 20 carries.

But the defense was the real star of the game, holding the Tigers offense to just 125 total yards in the 10-0 Alabama win. The Crimson Tide improved to 9-0 SU and 7-2 ATS on the season.

The Crimson Tide haven't lost in the month of November since 2013. Alabama has won nine straight November games and is 6-0 ATS in its last six per the OddsShark College Football Database.

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Going off as a 10-point underdog at home, the Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated the Texas A&M Aggies 35-28 last Saturday. The Aggies entered the game ranked No. 4 by the college football playoff committee, but Mississippi State brought Texas A&M's playoff chances to a screeching halt with the upset win.

While the defense has held Mississippi State back this season, sophomore dual-threat quarterback Nick Fitzgerald has been a spark plug for the offense with 24 total touchdowns and a team-leading 839 rushing yards. The Bulldogs are 4-5 SU and ATS heading into their final three games.

The total on Saturday is set at 55 points on the college football betting lines. The UNDER is 13-4 in Mississippi State's last 17 games.

After being held to just 10 points last week, look for Alabama to get back to near its season average of 40.1 points per game at home against a much weaker defense. If Mississippi State hopes to keep this game close, Fitzgerald will need to have a career day and avoid turnovers against this elite Alabama defense.

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