Preview 2019: Mississippi State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Mississippi State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Mississippi State. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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2. KEYS TO THE SEASON

Biggest Key To The Mississippi State Offense

Let’s get this whole passing thing going. The Bulldogs have the head coach in Joe Moorhead who knows how to crank up the pass. They have the veteran receivers with the talent and size to be far more effective, and they even have a slew of quarterback options to play around with. Yeah, MSU loses Nick Fitzgerald, but now the air show should start to crank up.

How rough was it? The Bulldogs failed to connected on more than half of their passes in six games, and lost four of them. They cranked up a total of 14 touchdown passes in the wins over Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech and Arkansas, and just eight in the other ten games including an ugly early run of no scoring throws and six picks in the first four SEC games.

Biggest Key To The Mississippi State Defense

Don’t give up multiple touchdown runs. The Bulldogs were amazingly good against the run – finishing second in the nation behind Michigan State, allowing just 95 yards per game – and gave up touchdowns in just three games. They lost all three.

They gave up four to Kentucky and two to Alabama, pushing forward a crazy trend, going 1-9 over the last three seasons when they allowed two touchdown runs or more. It’s going to be another amazing defensive front even with a slew of key losses. It might not be quite as strong, but it’ll be terrific as long as …

Key Player To A Successful Season

DT Lee Autry, Sr.
The ends will quickly be replaced with a good rotation, but the tackles are a different story. Jeffery Simmons was the star of the amazing defensive interior, but it was the rotation of six 300ish pound tackles that anchored the amazing defensive season – and now most of them are done. The 6-2, 310-pound Autry is the one returning part of the puzzle as the new anchor, but he’s going to need help.

Key Game To The Mississippi State Season

LSU, Oct. 19
Mississippi State has lost three of the last four games against LSU, but this time around it should be a must win with what’s coming next. The Bulldogs have won four of their last five against Texas A&M, but they have to go to College Station, and then comes a trip to Arkansas, and then it’s Alabama.

It’s desperation time for LSU, too, going to Starkville right after playing Florida, and with Auburn and at Alabama to follow. It should be another defensive slugfest – LSU won 19-3 last season.
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2018 Mississippi State Fun Stats

– Penalties: Mississippi State 83 for 748 yards – Opponents 62 for 475 yards
– Rushing Yards Per Game: Mississippi State 223.6 – Opponents 95.1
– Fumbles: Opponents 14 (lost 7) – Mississippi State 9 (lost 3)

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