Alabama will be out to prove that its loss to Texas A&M was just a mere bump in the road. Next up on its schedule: Mississippi State, who hosts the Crimson Tide on Saturday.

The Bulldogs, on their end, will have to be on high alert against Nick Saban’s team. The Tide don’t lose back-to-back games often, and they’ll be looking to continue that trend in Starkville to remain in the running for an SEC West title.

Mike Leach made it clear that the Bulldogs, who haven’t played since beating the Aggies 26-22 in College Station on Oct. 2 and are on a 13-game losing streak against Alabama — their last win in the series was in 2007, Nick Saban’s first year at the helm of the Crimson Tide — will be looking to have their foot on the gas pedal from the opening whistle.

“If we relax against the University of Alabama, then we are the stupidest team in college football,” Leach said, according to “We may have some very good qualities and we may have some very positive things and stuff like that. But you have to really be a dumb team to relax if you’re playing Alabama or anybody.”

The Bulldogs and Tide kick off at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN.