Heisman Watch: Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa continues to dominate Heisman derby

Mandel’s Mailbag What team is best equipped to beat Alabama

Mandel’s Mailbag What team is best equipped to beat Alabama

Led by its "300-pound bar of soap", No. 1 Alabama sent No. 16 Mississippi State to the cleaners Saturday.

Unfortunately, there was never really a chance of a comeback or upset once Alabama went up 21-0 late in the second quarter. The Bulldogs mostly held the Tide's prolific offense in check after that.

It was the most physical game of the year for both Alabama and Mississippi State, and 60 minutes almost wasn't enough head banging, as evidenced by a postgame fracas that broke out between the teams that had to be broken up by staffers from both sides.

After the game, Alabama head coach Nick Saban told CBS' Jamie Erdahl that Tagovailoa "just got beat up". He finished the game 11 of 20 for 125 yards while losing 23 yards on the ground.

With quarterback Tua Tagovailoa still battling a gimpy right knee, the Crimson Tide (10-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference, No. 1 CFP) turned to defense for another vintage performance. The constant pressure flustered the Heisman contender as he recorded his first multi-turnover game of the season.

Two series before that, Tagovailoa was sacked around the legs by Willie Gay Jr. and got up gingerly before throwing his second interception of the season on the next play.

Alabama had five sacks and Mississippi State had four in a rough day for both quarterbacks. Shortly after entering the tent, Tagovailoa got on a stationary bike on the sidelines as backup quarterback Mac Jones entered the game.

Following the game, Saban said Tagovailoa took several low hits but would have been able to return if needed.

Even during one of his most pedestrian showings of the season, Tagovailoa completed 14 of 21 passes for 164 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown to running back Josh Jacobs.

Alabama: Didn't have a play longer than 25 yards on offense. He also lost a fumble on a botched exchange with Damien Harris.