Mississippi State, ranked No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings and in the College Football 24/7 Top 25 Power Rankings, is riding much higher than the Bulldogs ever did when Cox was in college. At 9-0, MSU is playing for a berth in the SEC Championship Game and, perhaps, a spot in college football's inaugural playoff.
Cox, a 2012 first-round pick (No. 12 overall), didn't have much luck against the Crimson Tide in his playing days. From 2009-2011, Alabama won 31-3, 30-10 and 24-7. As such, Cox can probably expect some strong retribution from Ryans and Mathis next week if Alabama takes care of business for the eighth year in a row in the series.