(Plus, with the Crimson Tide coming off a hard-fought win in Baton Rouge and the Bulldogs confident after beating A&M, it's best not to mess with the point spread.) That said, there does appear to be some value in the total.
Alabama leads the series 79-18-3.
Alabama has won 21 games in a row, dating to September 2015.
Saban joined Ohio State's Woody Hayes and Florida State's Bobby Bowden in a tie for the most wins with a top-ranked team by any coach. The Crimson Tide will continue to hoard the No. 1 ranking as they cashed in an emphatic 51-3 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs will have that same thought Saturday marching into Tuscaloosa to face No. 1 Alabama (9-0 overall, 6-0 SEC).
Mississippi State has felt this way before about quarterbacks this season.
Here are five takeaways from the Bulldogs' loss.
A Montgomery native, Doug Segrest covered college football for 28 years while writing for the Alabama Journal, Decatur Daily, Nashville Banner and Birmingham News. "To beat Texas A&M must mean they're doing something right".More news: Celebrity News Kanye West has furniture issues
In the meantime, Saban has grown accustomed to the increased prevalence of rushing quarterbacks, though in past seasons it has mostly been from the perspective of trying to defend them. "That's something that we can proud of".
"I think it all started at practice", senior safety Kivon Coman said. The win sends Georgia (6-4, 4-4 SEC) to a bowl game, extending the program's streak to 20 consecutive seasons.
After running as few as 35 times a game in 2013 (97th in the country), the Tide are back up to a more Saban-esque 42.6. I expect Alabama to be mentally prepared and focused to play a capable football team.
Alabama: Hurts and the Tide got the passing game going against the league's worst pass defense.
Kicker Adam Griffith was good from 30 yards out to give Alabama a 3-0 lead. Griffith's kick was good and Alabama led 24-0 with 9:55 left in the half. While Georgia got blown out in that game, if Mississippi State is to have any chance, they will have to get the running game going with Fitzgerald and that's a tall task. His one interception was the lone hiccup, but Hurts more than made up for it. Alabama has speed and balance on both offense and defense.
Jalen Hurts: Hurts had a great game against a bewildered Bulldogs defense. I felt the juice, and I just felt everybody playing for one another again, and that's getting back to Mississippi State defense. The Tide managed three more yards on a pair of rushes, bringing on Griffith. Williams added another four yards rushing before Alabama's Ryan Anderson sacked Fitzgerald for a loss of 10 yards which was followed by an incomplete pass on third down, bringing out the MSU field goal unit. The Tigers were held to just 32 yards of total offense.
Hurts connected with ArDarius Stewart three times for scores on gains of 67, 15 and 20 yards. "They have to stay with the plan and execute what they're doing". Alabama spanks Mullen's Mutts.