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On 8/7/2022 at 7:05 PM, Dawg83 said:

4 weeks from now State and OM will have already played their first game and most of us will be watching LSU vs Florida State on a Sunday night.

 

Preseason camp has begun and I think we are no longer in the “way too early” territory.

Dawg83 - You seem to have a good bit of insight into Mississippi State.  Where do you think the Bulldogs will improve the most this year and will those improvements equate to more wins?

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1 hour ago, maroontide06 said:

Dawg83 - You seem to have a good bit of insight into Mississippi State.  Where do you think the Bulldogs will improve the most this year and will those improvements equate to more wins?

I really like this team’s defensive front. It’s not the 2018 front seven but there’s definitely some talent and depth. I expect them to be good against the run and should be improved at rushing the passer this year. Some questions at DB but brought in a couple of transfers that should be contributors if not starters.

 

On offense you’ve just got a bunch of guys that have played a ton of football. Rogers is basically going into his third year as a starter and was good last year. Your top two RB’s are back and both are good pass catchers. Lots of returning guys at WR even with Polk leaving, plus some talented newcomers. Interior OL is very experienced. The tackle spots are where it could all go wrong, Cross was awesome last year and now he’s in the NFL. But if you just get decent/not terrible play from your tackles then this should be a very effective offense.

 

The schedule is tough, no doubt. There’s a very realistic chance this is an 8 to 10 win caliber team but the schedule only allows for 6 to 8. But other than perhaps his 2008 Texas Tech team this is probably the most talented team Leach has ever coached.

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3 hours ago, Dawg83 said:

I really like this team’s defensive front. It’s not the 2018 front seven but there’s definitely some talent and depth. I expect them to be good against the run and should be improved at rushing the passer this year. Some questions at DB but brought in a couple of transfers that should be contributors if not starters.

 

On offense you’ve just got a bunch of guys that have played a ton of football. Rogers is basically going into his third year as a starter and was good last year. Your top two RB’s are back and both are good pass catchers. Lots of returning guys at WR even with Polk leaving, plus some talented newcomers. Interior OL is very experienced. The tackle spots are where it could all go wrong, Cross was awesome last year and now he’s in the NFL. But if you just get decent/not terrible play from your tackles then this should be a very effective offense.

 

The schedule is tough, no doubt. There’s a very realistic chance this is an 8 to 10 win caliber team but the schedule only allows for 6 to 8. But other than perhaps his 2008 Texas Tech team this is probably the most talented team Leach has ever coached.

Thanks for your reply Dawg83, and I certainly appreciate your posts on here.  Hopefully we can attain 8 wins during the regular season and win the bowl game this year.  If we can get to 9 wins this year there will be a definite on-the-field improvement.

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21 hours ago, maroontide06 said:

Thanks for your reply Dawg83, and I certainly appreciate your posts on here.  Hopefully we can attain 8 wins during the regular season and win the bowl game this year.  If we can get to 9 wins this year there will be a definite on-the-field improvement.

I think you still need to prepare yourself for the usual Mike Leach WTF game here and there. Like I wouldn’t be shocked in the least if State loses to Arizona and then turns around and wins in Baton Rouge the next week.

 

Time will tell, there are going to be very few sure wins and and very few sure losses with a Leach team. I don’t think this team can win in Tuscaloosa, but nothing else would shock me. I’m not even going to totally rule out a win against Georgia after State’s short handed performance in Athens in 2020.

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I agree with 83. We could have really good team and win six games. Or 8 or even 10 if we get some luck, stay healthy, have a good kicking game and as you noted have a good OL. The other pieces are in place. 
 

I think Georgia will be beatable this year. I don’t know if we will but they are replacing a ton of veteran talent. Very good talent but nonetheless inexperienced talent  and they will take a step backward this year IMO.

 

As crazy as this sounds, we might be beat Bama  this year and lose to Auburn. With Leach you just never know. He usually has a one or a couple of WTF games that are good/bad in a given year. 
 

Bama continually defies the odds but at some point they are going to crack and have an 8-4 season. What Saban has done is incredible but like UCONN women basketball eventually it is going to end or moderate. 

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10 hours ago, maroontide06 said:

Well yesterday was a big day for Mississippi State.  Mike Leach has definitely transformed the quarterback room in a very good way.  I feel like we have a good problem on our hands if that makes sense.  I honestly believe that he will have a team to beat Alabama during his coaching tenure at Mississippi State.

Freeze beat Saban twice in a row, it could happen... 

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On 8/11/2022 at 3:21 PM, Bulldogs4 said:

Bama continually defies the odds but at some point they are going to crack and have an 8-4 season. What Saban has done is incredible but like UCONN women basketball eventually it is going to end or moderate. 

Eventually I think you’ll be right, just don’t think it’s this year. They bring back the Heisman winner at QB and darn near their entire defense, including Anderson who is probably the best player in college football.

 

Not a single game has been played yet and I am already penciling in a Bama vs Ohio State championship.

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9 hours ago, Dawg83 said:

 

 

Not a single game has been played yet and I am already penciling in a Bama vs Ohio State championship.

I like the new NIL, it's past time to pay the players. 

It really hasn't changed who wins though... Who has Bama, Clemson, Georgia, and Ohio State in the top 4 playoffs this year and every past year lately? I'd highly wager 2 of those are in the top 4, if not 3 of those 4. 

 

 

 

 

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On 8/15/2022 at 3:16 PM, maroontide06 said:

Well with the law of averages, I think Mississippi State is due a win over Alabama sometime within the next 30 years LOL!

I’ve resigned myself to the fact that State is probably never beating Saban again. They’ll beat Bama eventually once Bama doesn’t have the greatest coach in the history of the sport, but my expectation is that State’s lone win against a Nick Saban team will end up being by Sylvester Croom. LOL.

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