College Football News Preview 2020: Mississippi State Bulldogs Keys To The Season
Biggest Key To The Mississippi State Bulldogs Offense
Get the system going. It’s not all going to be smooth right away, and there will be times when it completely bogs down and doesn’t go anywhere, but this is going to be a process.
No one is going to be patient – but everyone has to be patient.
There’s almost certainly going to be a new starting quarterback, mostly new receivers in the mix, and most of all, a change in how the offensive line has to block to make the whole thing work.
Even if the team had a normal run of spring practices and a regular offseason there would be problems, but September is forgivable enough to get everyone up to speed before the SEC season kicks in full force.
Don’t forget that there’s an NFL running back in Kylin Hill to rely on, but Mississippi State got Mike Leach for a reason. Get the system going, wait for it to come together, and expect the payoff to come.
Biggest Key To The Mississippi State Bulldogs Defense
Get everyone in shape and ready to be on the field a whole lot. The defense might have taken a major step back after an epic 2018, but it was still great at forcing takeaways and allowed 24 points or fewer six times.
And it was rested – Mississippi State was 29th in the nation in time of possession. Time of possession doesn’t mean much to Mike Leach.
The offense is going to go fast, try to strike quickly, and operate with a quickened tempo. Especially early on, it might not work all that well considering it’s going to need time to get the timing down – there will be a whole slew of three-and-outs, and they’ll happen fast.
Teams are going to try to hammer on the Bulldog D, control the clock, and keep that offense off the field as much as possible. MSU has to be prepared for a whole lot of lopsided time of possession issues, and the defense has to be conditioned to stay on the field.
Key Mississippi State Bulldogs Player To A Successful Season
WR Osirus Mitchell, Sr.
Of course the freaking quarterback is the most important player in the Mike Leach offense, but no matter who the choice is, he’ll be great as long as he has receivers to throw to.
Alabama transfer Tyrell Shavers has superstar potential, and JUCO transfer Malik Heath should find a role right away, but for a team that’s missing four of the top five receivers from last year, it’s on the 6-5, 210-pound Mitchell to immediately be the No. 1 guy.
He caught 29 passes for 430 yards and six touchdowns, and that led the team in yards and scores. If all goes right in the new attack, he gets that in a few games.
Key Game To The Mississippi State Bulldogs Season
Texas A&M, Oct. 3
Call this a tone-setter.
Beating NC State early on in Raleigh is one, and getting by Arkansas in Mike Leach’s SEC opener is another, Texas A&M is the game the Bulldogs really need. They should be 4-0 going into this – 3-1 if there’s a loss to the Wolfpack – and there’s a week off to follow. And then …
At Alabama, at LSU, Auburn. By this point in the season, the offense had better be working.
The Bulldogs lost to the Aggies last year, but they’ve won three of their last four in the series.
– Mississippi State Bulldogs Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2019 Mississippi State Fun Stats
– MSU 3rd Quarter Scoring: 56 – MSU 4th Quarter Scoring 103
– Fumbles: Opponents 25 (lost 14) – MSU 21 (lost 13)
– Time of Possession: MSU 31:39 – Opponents 28:20