"You play like you practice," the old coaches' adage goes, and it's mostly true. To know what's likely to happen on Saturday, you've got to know what's happening in the meeting rooms and on the practice fields during the week. That's why CFB Practice Report is here for you every Friday with the inside word on weekly preparations around the country. We'll check in on depth charts, plans, personnel and health, unmask practice standouts ready to break out, assess the quality of prep, the mood of the fans and the coaches' message for the week and let you know who's distracted and who's dialed in.
Let's dive into Week 11.
Lines and totals from Westgate sportsbook as of Friday, Nov. 9.
No. 16 Mississippi State Bulldogs at No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (-23.5)
Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET
We mentioned Monday that Alabama's defensive breakthrough meant that the cover was Alabama's to lose this week, as long as the Tide didn't suffer a hangover from the LSU win. We also cautioned against taking the bait on this obvious letdown spot without a good read that 'Bama had an off week of prep, since the Bulldogs are regulars in the post-LSU spot on the Alabama schedule, and Nick Saban has gotten his team over the afterglow of the big game quite well in the past.