1. MISSISSIPPI STATE WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
Mississippi State was solid in Joe Moorhead’s first year at the helm.
The defense was a brick wall, but the offense was way, way, way too inconsistent, managing just seven points or fewer in four of the last ten games, and failed to hit 24 points six of the last ten.
But Moorhead is a great offensive mind who had time to create a stronger attack. He’s got the running backs, he’s got the big wide receivers, and he’s got the offensive linemen to put together what should be a strong group once the pieces are all put into place.
Is Penn State grad transfer Tommy Stevens that missing piece at quarterback to provide a real, live passing game, or is Keytaon Thompson going to rise up and take the job and make it his? Either way, MSU will generate a far better balance.
Even with the loss of Jeffery Simmons, Montez Sweat, Johnathan Abram, Gerri Green, Mark McLauren, from last year’s incredible D, it’s still going to be amazing. Even so, the defense will take a step back just as the offense gets a whole lot stronger.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
Even with the brutal SEC schedule, there are still more than enough good, winnable games to make a bowl appearance a foregone conclusion. But will this be a nine-or-ten win team like Dan Mullen started to put out on a regular basis, or is this going to be a tough out that will struggle to get to the eight-win mark?
With road trips to Auburn, Tennessee and Texas A&M, figure at least two losses among those three, and that doesn’t include the home dates with Alabama, LSU, Kentucky, Kansas State and Ole Miss.
Like last year, the Bulldogs will rise up and pull off a few excellent SEC wins, but there are way too many 50/50 battles to fight through to challenge for the West title. That’s not a rip – it’s life in Alabama’s SEC West.
This is a very, very strong team that will be able to beat anyone on the slate on the right day, and it should get off to a solid 4-0 start. But with this schedule, eight wins and another great bowl bid would be a strong showing.