Starkville Mississippi State Bulldogs
If SEC college football fans are passionate about the game until the end of the regular season, they will be rewarded by watching their favorite teams play each other. The Kentucky Wildcats, who continue to play on the right foot, will not forget their home opener against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday night.
Mark Stoops will be looking for his third consecutive win with the Bulldogs at Kroger Field, and the Wildcats will need to put on their best team performance for four quarters to do that.
The Bulldogs are hoping for the same quick start they got in the game against the Kentucky Wildcats. It's going to be a crazy ride after that, and they're likely to break the passing record in the SEC.
Arkansas, LSU and Alabama all passed the 300-yard pass mark against Auburn, but they didn't need as many completions to get there. LSU was the strongest team with 28 points, and Mississippi State outscored Mizzou 37-22, but forgot the line and took the opportunity to burnish its strong second half with two second-half field goals and a third touchdown in the quarter.
Against national leader Texas A & M, the Bulldogs defense was dominant, holding the Aggies below 300 yards offense while their offense finally found success on the passing game. Mississippi State threw lightning at Kellen Moon and the Aggies all night, stacking 3 sacks and 7 tackles for the loss as a result. The Bulldogs looked like an overheated team that clinched a 28-13 victory, but without Jordan Hare, their defense proved to be the same defense that Louisiana-Lafayette delivered 450 yards.
After winning just eight games in his last three seasons, Sherrill has built Mississippi State into a consistent winner, playing at the top of the SEC East for the last two seasons and in the Sun Belt Conference for the last two. Mullen led the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl during his time at MSU after signing with the team. Croom led them to the first bowl win in school history by defeating C-US champion UCF 10-3 in a Liberty Bowl. Mississippi State hired Joe Moorhead as head coach in January 2015 after Mullens accepted the job as head coach at the University of Florida.
The great Bailey Howell of the Boston Celtics played for Mississippi State and is the only MSU player to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The highest winning percentage (764) is shared by Allyn McKeen, who led the Bulldogs to their first and only SEC championship in 1941. Under Mullen, they became the first coach to beat Ole Miss in its first season as head coach in school history and won the school's first regular title - the SEC title.
Everything was good for the Bulldogs, and they became one of the SEC's most consistent programs. The first game of Mississippi State's bowl was played at Havana Athletic Club, and the teams known then as Mississippi A & M Aggies won by a 12-0 record against the Ole Miss Rebels.
The Bulldogs made it to the NIT championship in the 2017-18 season and had a chance to become the fastest team ever to go from non-No 1 to No 1. Mississippi State caused South Carolina great trouble and forced the nation's No. The following year, the Bulldogs were ranked in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years, but that was it.
While there was talk of Ole Miss reeling under Lane Kiffin, State brought Leach to Starkville to make a bowl, and they did. MSU could pull away and give Texas A & M a superb field position, but instead keep its distance from the Aggies in what could be a long season for the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State won the game on the field in 1976, but things would change if Mississippi State made the trip to East Lansing, MI, to play a team that was predominantly African-American. The NCAA later deemed the Bulldogs devalued, losing their first ever bowl game, a victory over the Michigan Wolverines. There was plenty of controversy in the early days of the Mississippi Bulldogs football program, and on both sides of the spectrum they reached a low point in their history.
Mississippi State is currently 5-3 and will get the chance to test its game against an unbeaten Georgia team in the SEC championship game on Saturday, November 4 at 4 p.m. in Starkville.
The Bulldogs will face the winner of the South Carolina-Alabama game on Friday, November 3, at 4 p.m. in Gainesville, Georgia.
Mississippi State competes in the Southeastern Conference, the second-largest conference in the country in college football, and also has rivalries with Alabama and Kentucky. The Mississippi State Bulldogs finished the year 8-1-1 and won the Southeastern Conference championship. MSU finished the regular season with a 9-0-2 record, which included a regular-season title and a trip to the national championship game. Mississippi and Missouri meet again on Saturday, November 3 at 4 p.m. in St. Louis, Missouri.