Mississippi State vs. Charleston Southern Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out out the Mississippi State vs. Charleston Southern fearless prediction, thoughts, and game preview.
Mississippi State (0-0) vs. Charleston Southern (0-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, September 2
Game Time: 4:00 pm ET
Venue: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville MS
Network: SEC Network
More than just a speedbump game for Mississippi State, Charleston Southern starts out the season 14th in the FCS rankings with a devastating ground game and a good enough overall team to make this a dogfight.
The Bulldogs have some rebuilding to do, and they won’t have a lot of time to do it with a road game against a dangerous Louisiana Tech team next week, followed up by the SEC home opener against LSU.
One Reason Why Charleston Southern Will Win
Will the pass rush be good enough to give MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald a hard time?
The Buccaneers have reloaded for the ground game. One of the top FCS team in rushing over the last several seasons, the running backs are there in a terrific system, but the key will be the defensive front.
18th in the FCS in sacks last season, the D is changing to a 4-3 with a boatload of players who’ll come in waves. Considering the MSU offensive line is in a rebuilding mode, it’ has to be great right away.
One Reason Why Mississippi State Will Win
Yeah, the Buccaneer ground game is fantastic, but there won’t be any passing attack to take advantage of a Bulldog D that’ll load up on the line.
If Charleston Southern isn’t running well, this could be over in a hurry.
New defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is in to revamp a miserable defense, and now the production should start with a dangerous front four with plenty of versatility.
There won’t be any running wide on the D that’ll be around more – it’ll look and play a lot faster.
What’s Going To Happen
It might take just a little while before Nick Fitzgerald and the offense take over, but it’ll happen. Give it about a quarter – again, this is a good FCS team – and then the breathing room will come. It might not be an ugly blowout, but it’ll be a good first performance for the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State vs. Charleston Southern Prediction
Final Score: Mississippi State 37, Charleston Southern 13
Line: No Line
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