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During that time, the Bulldogs continue to evaluate what they do well and there's no question a heavy dose of ground-bound football is coming over the last half of the season. Instead of throwing the football over a mountain, Fitzgerald might have to ...

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No. 22 Mississippi State playing to its strength: Running
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During that time, the Bulldogs continue to evaluate what they do well and there's no question a heavy dose of ground-bound football is coming over the last half of the season. Instead of throwing the football over a mountain, Fitzgerald might have to ...

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Moorhead, Bulldogs Put In Recruiting Road Work – 247Sports


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Mississippi State had an open date on their 2018 football schedule last weekend. The Bulldogs were fresh off of a win over then #9 Auburn and feeling a lot of momentum. With the State players headed home for some rest and relaxation, Coach Joe ...
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Mississippi State Football Following a Bye Week

What’s good about Mississippi State having a bye week last Saturday?

The Mississippi St. Bulldogs had their “bye week” this past weekend. How is this going to help the Bulldogs this week when they travel to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers?

  • This team needed a break.

After facing three straight SEC opponents any team would need a break. The Bulldogs finished that stretch 1-2. Disappointing for sure, but not all is lost.

  • Mississippi State is about to jump into their most difficult games.

LSU. Texas A&M. La Tech. ALABAMA. Arkansas. Ole Miss. That is how the Bulldogs will finish the season. I sure hope they got some good rest this past weekend.

  • LSU is coming off their biggest win this season.

Let’s hope the Tigahs left it all on the field. That was one heck of a performance by the LSU Tigers and Coach O. Joe Burrow played great and maybe he used up all of his powers last Saturday against the Georgia Bulldogs defense.

  • LSU plays Alabama next.

LSU has a bye week before they play Alabama. It would be very easy for the LSU team to overlook the Mississippi St. Bulldogs after playing the #2 Georgia Bulldogs and now looking ahead to the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide.

The Dawgs will compete on Saturday and it should be a fun night in Death Valley.

Mississippi State Football Following a Bye Week – For Whom the Cowbell Tolls


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Mississippi State Football Following a Bye Week
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The Mississippi St. Bulldogs had their “bye week” this past weekend. How is this going to help the Bulldogs this week when they travel to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers? This team needed a break. After facing three straight SEC opponents any team ...
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Mississippi State football: Bulldogs can blow up entire SEC West race – Saturday Down South


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It wasn't so long ago that the Mississippi State Bulldogs were on the cusp of having their season blown up. A season they entered with expectations as high as they've been in two decades was coming close to unraveling at the seams. Yet, first-year head ...
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For the seventh time in eight games, the Mississippi State football team will be playing at night during the 2018 football season.
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Stacking up where the Mississippi State football team falls in this week's edition of the SEC Power Rankings. What a week that was! The Mississippi State football team missed out on all the carnage that took place this past weekend in the world of ...
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22 Mississippi State Bulldogs. Mississippi State has covered the spread in each of its last four games against LSU. The Michigan Wolverines are all the way up to No. 6 after defeating Wisconsin last Saturday. The Wolverines are 6.5-point road favorites ...

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22 Mississippi State Bulldogs. Mississippi State has covered the spread in each of its last four games against LSU. The Michigan Wolverines are all the way up to No. 6 after defeating Wisconsin last Saturday. The Wolverines are 6.5-point road favorites ...

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Mississippi State football: 10 bold predictions for the second half of the season – Saturday Down South


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The Mississippi State Bulldogs are entering the second half of the 2018 season, and they're doing so with some momentum after beating then-No. 8 Auburn before their bye week. Here are 10 bold predictions for the Bulldogs in the second half, and ...
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Mississippi State vs. LSU scouting report: Learn more about the Bulldogs’ offense, defense – The Advocate


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Mississippi State Dominates Bye Week – For Whom the Cowbell Tolls


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In all seriousness, Bye Week's can be difficult due to boredom... unless you're an SEC football fan today. Twelve SEC teams played today and all twelve played against each other. 6 SEC vs SEC games is all an avid college football fan could ask for.

Mississippi State Dominates Bye Week

The Bulldogs are off tonight, here’s some games you could be watching

The Mississippi St. Bulldogs handled the bye week well today. Didn’t even come close to losing. Defense looked good. Offense looked good. How ‘bout them Dawgs?

In all seriousness, Bye Week’s can be difficult due to boredom... unless you’re an SEC football fan today.

Twelve SEC teams played today and all twelve played against each other. 6 SEC vs SEC games is all an avid college football fan could ask for.

Some great games have already taken place today, but here are some games, inside and outside the SEC, that can keep you occupied tonight:

Missouri Tigers vs. #1 Alabama Crimson Tide: 6:00 pm CT. ESPN.

Ole Miss Rebels vs. Arkansas Razorbacks: 6:30 pm CT. SECN.

#15 Wisconsin Badgers vs. #12 Michigan Wolverines: 6:30 pm CT. ABC.

#19 Colorado Buffaloes vs. USC Trojans: 9:30 pm CT. FS1.

Don’t worry Bulldog fans we’ll be back at it next weekend in Baton Rouge. See you then.

Toughest Remaining Games for Mississippi State – For Whom the Cowbell Tolls


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Toughest Remaining Games for Mississippi State
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We're halfway through this 2018 football season (sad face) and the Bulldogs' schedule doesn't get any easier. I'm going to rank each of Mississippi State's games from the most difficult game to the least difficult game: Alabama Crimson Tide (Away ...
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Toughest Remaining Games for Mississippi State

Mississippi State has six games left on the schedule. We rank them from most difficult to least.

The Mississippi St. Bulldogs have played 6 games and are 4-2 (1-2). Many fans and analysts expected the Bulldogs to be 6-0 at this point in the season.

All you can do now is look ahead. We’re halfway through this 2018 football season (sad face) and the Bulldogs’ schedule doesn’t get any easier.

I’m going to rank each of Mississippi State’s games from the most difficult game to the least difficult game:

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide (Away): This one is obvious. I don’t feel like I have to explain this one, but I’ll do this best I can. Tua Tagovailoa is throwing, running, and jumping through defenses right now. Mississippi State will be the biggest defensive test he will face this season.
  2. LSU Tigers (Away): This is a game Mississippi State can win. If the Dawgs do win this game, then they’ll be the favorite in the rest of the games they play. Should be a fun one next week in Death Valley. Interested to see how the Tigers handle the Georgia Bulldogs this afternoon.
  3. Texas A&M Aggies (Home): I’m glad we’ve got the Aggies at home. I like Jimbo Fisher and what he’s doing in College Station, TX.
  4. Ole Miss Rebels (Away): Blah. Ugh. Gross. Nasty. Nah. Nope. No.
  5. Arkansas Razorbacks (Home): I’m awaiting the outcome of the Ole Miss/Arkansas game to decide if I want to keep Arkansas at 5 or move them up to 4. After putting 31 points on Alabama I was even more happy to have the Razorbacks at home.
  6. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Home): Sure they hung with LSU for a while, but it’s still La Tech. I’ll keep them at 6 because every other team we play is an SEC West team.

Mississippi State will be in all of these games. I even think they will hang with Alabama. Not win necessarily, but hey that defense is looking stout right now.

Enjoy today and rest easy since the Bulldogs have a bye week.

Mississippi State Bowl Projections Entering Week 7 – 247Sports


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At the halfway point of the football season, Mississippi State sits at 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the SEC, though they went into the Bye week with a sense of optimism. A 23-9 victory over then-No. 8 Auburn as the Bulldogs back on track after consecutive ...

Reasons Why Mississippi State University is the Best

Ice Cream, Cheese, Cowbells, and real authentic people. Mississippi State University is truly the best.

  • Starkville has amazing restaurants. Let me list just a few: The Veranda, Harvey’s, Stromboli’s, The Little Dooey, and Restaurant Tyler. I’d put these up against any other big city restaurant.
  • Cristil’s Golden Prince. He is better known as Jak. He is our most recent bulldog mascot. Jak is truly man’s best friend and the best mascot in all the land.
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  • Strange Brew is the best coffee ever. Keep Starkville Strange.
  • Maroon is a great school color. There are some other fan bases that may be conceited and really care about what they wear to football games, but MSU fans keep it real. No white after labor day? Don’t care. Oxfords and khakis? No thanks. Mississippi State fans can wear maroon for any game, at any time of year, and it’s going to look good.
  • Ice Cream and Cheese. Do I need to say anything else?
  • If Starkville was a human body, then the Cotton District would be the heart. Las Vegas, Times Square, and Miami Beach have got nothing on this little hamlet in Mississippi.
  • We have real authentic fans. MSU fans have dealt with heartache. Unfortunately, they know how to lose. But that is life. It is not always going to go your way. It’s hard being a MSU fan. If it was easy then anyone would do it. But it makes the good times even better.
  • Loudest student section in America.
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  • Rick’s is the Best Live Music Venue in the Country. I have been serenaded by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Eric Church, Zac Brown, and dozens of others at Rick’s. The good times never stop at Rick’s Cafe in Starkville, MS.
  • Starkville, Mississippi is the best college town in America.

  • Cowbells are the greatest college football tradition. Every school has their thing. And this is ours.
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Fitzgerald, Bulldogs Working on Mid-Season Adjustments – 247Sports


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Fitzgerald, Bulldogs Working on Mid-Season Adjustments
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This schedule has worked out rather nicely, Nick Fitzgerald figures. Or at least it has with regards to the lone open date falling smack at…halftime? Yeah. That works. “You get the first half, have a little breather, collect yourself, collect your ...

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Where does Mississippi State’s defense rank amongst the SEC’s top three? – For Whom the Cowbell Tolls


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Where does Mississippi State's defense rank amongst the SEC's top three?
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If there is one thing we all know, it's that the SEC has, is, and always will be a staple for defensive talent. That said, four teams have taken things up a notch. So where does Mississippi State place? The following are ranked based on all defensive ...
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Where does Mississippi State’s defense rank amongst the SEC’s top three?

With Georgia and Alabama as competition, Mississippi State’s defense has shown why the belong in the top three.

If there is one thing we all know, it’s that the SEC has, is, and always will be a staple for defensive talent. That said, four teams have taken things up a notch. So where does Mississippi State place? The following are ranked based on all defensive units.

No. 1: Alabama Crimson Tide

Is there even a question here? Alabama is a well oiled machine, reloading and getting better each fall. Having lost a plethora of talent, the game’s best coach in Nick Saban knows a thing or two about recruiting.

As it pertains to the line and linebacking corps, the Tide boast the best in the business. A versatile monster upfront, Raekwon Davis, who can play tackle or end has game changing power. At six-foot-seven and 316 pounds, Davis has posted 21 total tackles thus far. The one-man wrecking crew is set to take over, but we will see what happens once Bama faces some real competition.

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Also upfront is an end with overlooked quickness, Isaiah Buggs. Buggs has been on fire since day one of the 2018 season, as his numbers cannot be questioned. Like Davis, Buggs has recorded 21 tackles, but has added six sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defensed to an impressive stat line. Buggs’ 3.5 sacks against Texas A&M speak for his talent, as the senior is on a roll.

At linebacker, Bama has two prominent faces, and their names are Dylan Moses and Mack Wilson. Moses has battled injury but has fought back and brings it. As for Wilson, he can be deemed the second coming of Reuben Foster. This man will lay the wood whenever he wishes.

The two are due for a big second half. Look for Moses and Wilson to wreck havoc late into the season when facing stiff competition, most notably LSU and Auburn. Each will be on a mission to make a statement against an arch-rival.

But perhaps the secondary is in question for the Crimson Tide. They are young with a ton of promise. However, the operative word mentioned above is young. Patrick Surtain Jr. and Trevon Diggs are names to make note of, as both are raw and ready. Having said that, teams have and will continue to go after them.

Speed and awareness are points of emphasis for Surtain and Diggs, Both will break out sooner rather than later, just give it time. Each has had their moments and have a bright future.

No. 2: Mississippi State Bulldogs

The one word that can describe Mississippi State’s defense is, well, depth, especially upfront and at linebacker. But the secondary remains suspect. That said, this defense is more than formidable and can be counted on.

There is no argument against the Bulldogs’ front four. Ends Montez Sweat and Gerri Green, each put forth a quick first step with ability to set the edge and quickly close the gap. And how can we forget about likely NFL prospect Jeffery Simmons? Though unable to keep his composure at times, Simmons has shown an ability to push the pocket and show up when called upon.

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As for the linebackers, the Bulldogs have plenty and the ceiling is high. Though in a losing effort against Florida, Erroll Thompson recorded 14 tackles, speaking for his ability. Thompson has emerged into a fearless leader well beyond his years. Look for him to take it up a notch after the bye.

But the secondary must show up and be able to tackle in the open field. Marc McLaurin, Jonathan Abram, and Jamal Peters are all capable, but have had trouble. The talent is there, but must emerge and be consistent.

No. 3: Georgia Bulldogs

It always helps when your coach comes from the Saban tree, as former Alabama defensive coordinator and Georgia native Kirby Smart has worked wonders as the headman in Athens. Another team who has lost plenty, the Dawgs have reloaded. Smart is a defensive mastermind whose knowledge may transcend all in the game, and yes, that includes Saban.

Senior defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter knows how to set the edge, as his quickness is highly underrated. His partner in crime in upperclassman Tyler Clark, can also make a heavy impact. Both stand at six-foot-for and can disrupt anybody’s running and passing game.

While both are upperclassmen, each have the motor of an incoming freshman with the highest of ceilings. Ledbetter and Clark will have to step it up in the season’s second half. The schedule will be harder and if the Dawgs want to reach the playoff, both will have to be at their best.

Georgia’s linebacking trio, which includes D’Andre Walker, Walter Grant, and Monty Rice, have gelled well together. All three have plenty of talent. Looker for Walker, Grant, and Rice can get after the quarterback, a must in the SEC.

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Though the linebacker position is often deemed the quarterback of the defense, it is within the Dawgs’ secondary that their primary faces stand. They are no other than Deandre Baker and J.R. Reed. The duo may just be one of the best in the game, as Baker and Reed are sure NFL prospects.

Baker has accumulated 21 tackles, five passes defensed, an interception, and a forced fumble thus far in his senior campaign. He is lethal in the open field and has come a long way. As for Reed, the junior has also shined with 24 tackles, an interception, and a pass defensed. He is an athlete and can match up with the best of them, ultimately frustrating any offensive coordinator.

Overall:

The bottomline is that we know what defense means to the SEC. While all three are in a world of their own, Mississippi State’s is the most intriguing. Why? Because they are the most complete.

The Bulldogs know their strengths and what needs to be addressed. The second half for Mississippi State will be interesting, as Mississippi State starts it off with a trip to Death Valley to take on LSU. If a win is in store, it will be in large part to the Bulldogs’ talent on the defensive side of the ball.

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“We've played good situational football, specifically third down, the red zone and the clock situation,” Shoop said. “If you do that, in today's day and age, that's good stuff.” Mississippi State is particularly good along the defensive line, where the ...

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LISTEN: What Mississippi State Has to Improve on in the Second Half of the Season

What does Mississippi State have to improve on in the last half of their season?

Host of the FWtCT Express Podcast, Landon Young, talks about last week’s win vs auburn, what the Bulldogs should focus on during the bye week, and what the team needs to improve on in the second half of this season.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Week Six (Auburn) – For Whom the Cowbell Tolls


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Hill has speed and vision and the ability to make the turn out side of the tackles, while Williams has the power to push the line of scrimmage and is a punisher between the tackles. Together they make the best one-two punch in college football this year.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Week Six (Auburn)

Following this week’s SEC win vs Auburn, here’s what the Bulldogs still need to improve on

Let’s Talk Hail State

Week six is in the books and Mississippi State walked away with a victory against the 8th ranked Auburn Tigers down in the fabulous Starkvegas. This game was a must win for the Bulldogs if they were going to have any hope at winning the West or a championship season. The win was not pretty to say the least but any win against an SEC opponent is a good win in my book. I am pretty sure that the coaching staffs were pretty happy about the results being that they were getting a little uncomfortable sitting on their ever warming seats in early October. Yea this was a good win for the Dawgs and just in time for a much needed bye week to build on the momentum gained last Saturday night. So without further ado; LETS TALK HAIL STATE; the GOOD the BAD and the UGLY

Yes, we have some GOOD:

Well, first and foremost we won against a top ten nationally ranked opponent at home and doing it the way this team was designed to win games on the ground. State ran the ball 56 times for 350 yards against Auburn THAT’S RIGHT! Nick Fitzgerald led the rushing attack by gaining 195 yards on 28 carries. This was a great night for Nick, because he set the SEC rushing record for a quarterback, surpassing Tim Tebow. In my opinion anytime you break a record set by Tebow you’ve earned it. “So, Congrats Nick”.

Yet, Nick was not the only Bulldog putting up some good numbers on the ground both Kylin Hill and Aeris Williams punished the Auburn defense with one great run after another. Kylin Hill gained 126 yards on 23 touches averaging 5.5 per carry. Aeris Williams gained 32 yards on five touches averaging 6.4 per carry. Not a bad night against one of the nation’s top run defenses, well at least they were before they came to Davis Wade Stadium. WHAT?

What I love about these two running backs is how they complement each other with two different running styles. Hill has speed and vision and the ability to make the turn out side of the tackles, while Williams has the power to push the line of scrimmage and is a punisher between the tackles. Together they make the best one-two punch in college football this year.

How about our Offensive line and the great job they did this week. Yep that’s right this is what these guys are good at, which is creating lanes for the run game and boy did they have a night against those Tigers or Eagles whatever they are called these days. The run game was good, Nick, Hill, and Williams deserve a ton of credit for their performance but the MVP for this game goes to the O-Line and how they handled Auburn’s Defensive front. GOOD JOB!

Enough about the offense, I have a couple of good observations to make about the defense as well. Can I get a big “HAIL STATE” for Montez Sweat? Sweat had three sacks against Auburn bringing his total for the year to 7.5 compared to 10.5 for all of last year. But it was not the sacks that impressed, but rather the pressure he continued to put on Jarrett Stidham from start to finish. Because of Sweat’s ability to stay close Stidham had to rush several throws and was uncomfortable the entire game.

Moving on to the BAD:

This is going to throw some people for a loop after everything I just talked about in the previous section, but the offense didn’t look good. It almost looked like the game plan was being developed as the game was being played; it just didn’t look very clean or practiced. Don’t get me wrong the run game was effective and sustained several drives but nothing else seemed to work and that is an issue at this point in the season. The bye week should give the coaching staff an opportunity to figure out how to move forward on the offensive side of the ball. I don’t think we will see any game with less than thirty or so touches by a running back now that they see what State can do on the ground. “That’s Right”

As I have recently mentioned the secondary is much improved but still lacks the discipline needed to be an elite group or as I like to say it, “they are suckers for the trick plays”. I am sure that our defensive backs coach shows them that on each and every play each position has certain assignments and responsibilities in relation to how the offense is set, so stop being seduced by the eye candy and follow your assignments. Stay Focused.

The UGLY:

Here is the reality of the situation: Mississippi State is settling with a 4-2 record with a 1-2 record in the SEC. The question that everyone should be asking is why that is? With all this talent from last year’s team. Well, I am going to give you my opinion and it is UGLY. Until last Saturday against Auburn, our new coaching staff failed to establish what the strengths and weaknesses of this team were. Which is a solid running attack. In addition to that previous statement, many of the coaches refused to acknowledge that our best chance for winning was with an offense designed around the run game. They forced a passing game that was never going to work this season. So, after our win against Auburn every one of our coaches should have gone back to their offices and beat there head against the wall because they are the reason this team is NOT undefeated and NOT sitting comfortably in the top ten right now. Just Saying!

HAIL STATE!

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