Found October 28, 2012 on Crystal Ball Run:
The phrase "trap game" is used to denote a game where the team that is an obvious favorite loses to an underdog because they might be looking ahead to a bigger opponent or are coming off of an emotional game the previous week. Alabama could have been caught unawares at home by Mississippi State on Saturday night, with a road game at LSU on the docket next Saturday. But this is Alabama under Nick Saban. There was no peeking ahead, as the Crimson Tide handily defeated the previously undefeated Bulldogs 38-7. A.J. McCarron went 16 for 23 for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and freshman running back T.J. Yeldon added 84 yards rushing for the Crimson Tide as they ran their record to 8-0 (5-0 SEC West). Mississippi State had a couple of red zone opportunities during the game, but a blocked field goal and an interception killed two potential scoring drives. Alabama yielded a meaningless touchdown late when the second and third stringers were on the field. The ...
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