Mississipi State Bulldogs Football Season Preview History
2011 Mississippi State Football Preview:
If there’s one coach in the SEC that could serve as its own mascot, it’s Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen. The tenacity he’s brought to Starkville led to its first bowl game last year in twelve years. With a new stadium and complex, this is definitely a new era for Bulldog football.
However, who will be throwing the ball in this new era is still up in the air. Senior Chris Relf is looking to separate himself from the competition this spring, but even with a solid 2010, he’s still in the hunt along with sophomore Tyler Russell and redshirt freshman Dylan Favre. In the backfield, senior Vick Ballard is looking for his first 1,000 yard season, a milestone he missed by only 32 yards last year. At wideout, junior Chad Bumphis looks to become Mullen’s go to guy.
There are holes in the defense caused by NFL defections in every defensive unit except for the secondary, which makes it the Bulldogs’ strongest. senior Charles Mitchell will start at safety while juniors Johnthan Banks and Corey Broomfield will continue their strong careers at State.
2010 Mississippi State Football Preview:
Mississippi State generally finds themselves toward the bottom of the SEC West, and that was once again the case in 2009. The Bulldogs finished a disappointing 5-7, with a 3-5 conference record. With a difficult schedule and an inexperienced offense, it is hard to believe that they can improve on that result this year.
Coach Dan Mullen enters his second season in Starkville with lots of question marks on offense. One of the biggest questions is who will play quarterback, as junior Chris Relf and redshirt freshman Tyler Russell are vying for the starting job. The Bulldogs had the best rushing offense in the SEC last season, but since Anthony Dixon, who ran for 1,391 yards, graduated, they will have to find someone else to carry the load. That onus falls on the shoulders of either junior Robert Elliott or Vick Ballard.
The defenses strength will be its front seven, led by senior linebackers Chris White and K.J. Wright. Both had solid junior campaigns and should be just as productive as seniors. Sophomore cornerback Corey Broomfield anchors a secondary that could benefit from the added pressure up front.
Although Bulldog fans may be hoping for only their second bowl bid in ten years, games at Florida, LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss may be problematic.
2009 Mississippi State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Dan Mullen
The Mississippi State Bulldogs will be breaking in a new Head Coach when the 2009 season kicks off. Gone is former Bulldog coach Sylvester Croom; replacing him is former Florida Gator offensive coordinator Dan Mullen. The position in Starkville will be the first-time that Mullen has been Head Coach of a college football program, but he has a wealth of coordinator experience from Florida and Utah. Part of Mullen's goal will be to get the excitement back in Davis Wade Stadium and to start winning some SEC games. Bulldogs fans are probably also hoping for a big win in the Egg Bowl, which would give MSU a chance to hurt the season of their big in-state rival, Ole Miss.
2008 Mississippi State Football Preview:
Head Coach: Sylvester Croom
The Mississipi State Bulldogs football program is one of the most exciting to follow in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) this coming season. The Bulldogs finished the 2007 season with a respectable record and a bowl bid to play the Conference USA champion in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. The SEC is widely considered the toughest and most competitive conference in the country, and Mississippi State fans will cram into Davis Wade Stadium this year to cheer the Bulldogs on to a conference championship and a BCS bowl bid.