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Mississippi State Bulldogs National Championship Odds
The Mississippi State Bulldogs were an extremely impressive team on defense a year ago, which carried the program to a solid showing. The lack of a dangerous passing game kept the Bulldogs from becoming a truly great team, and that is one of the biggest question marks heading into 2019. Mississippi State will spend another season battling with some of the best teams in the country in the SEC, and will need to turn up a notch to truly be a contender against teams like Alabama and Georgia.
2019 Mississippi State Bulldogs at a Glance
Bulldogs National Championship Odds: 120/1
Bulldogs Odds To Win SEC: 15/1
Bulldogs Regular Season Win Total: 8
Mississippi State went 8-5 a year ago and split its eight conference games. The Bulldogs’ defense featured stars like Montez Sweat, Jeffery Simmons, Johnathan Abram and Elgton Jenkins, all of whom were drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL draft. That is some serious talent to lose, but Mississippi State is excited about the group that returns.
Chauncey Rivers is a talented edge rusher who needs to get after the quarterback, while the linebacker corps, led by Erroll Thompson, has the ability to be special. Despite the loss of the star safety duo of Abram and Jenkins, the Mississippi State secondary should still be pretty good due to the presence of cornerbacks Cameron Dantzler and Maurice Smitherman.
The Bulldogs had issues on offense last season. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald could really run the ball but had trouble getting yardage through the air, which led to the team’s downfall. He is gone and Mississippi State must find a capable replacement. There are several options at quarterback and the decision there and the accompanying success will go a long way in determining if this team can surpass the projected win total of eight games.
Kylin Hill and Nick Gibson are talented runners, so Mississippi State should be able to win some games on its defense and run game, but in the end its top-end ability will once again come down to the ability to make plays in the passing game, which is something that will be watched closely as the quarterback competition heats up in the fall.
2019 Mississippi State Bulldogs Betting Schedule
||Mississippi State vs. Louisiana
||Saturday, August 31
||Mississippi State vs. Southern Miss
||Saturday, September 7
||Mississippi State vs. Kansas State
||Saturday, September 14
||Mississippi State vs. Kentucky
||Saturday, September 21
||Mississippi State at Auburn
||Saturday, September 28
||Mississippi State at Tennessee
||Saturday, October 12
||Mississippi State vs. LSU
||Saturday, October 19
||Mississippi State at Texas A&M
||Saturday, October 26
||Mississippi State at Arkansas
||Saturday, November 2
||Mississippi State vs. Alabama
||Saturday, November 16
||Mississippi State vs. Abilene Christian
||Saturday, November 23
||Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss
||Thursday, November 28
Allyn McKeen was the first great coach in Mississippi State history. In 10 seasons, he put up a record of 65-19-3 and led the program to its first bowl victory. He never finished with a losing record in any of his seasons as the head coach.
Jackie Sherrill might be hated by the NCAA, but he is still a legend in Starkville. Sherrill had two spurts of success during his time with the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State had some great years of success under coach Dan Mullen, but he left for the University of Florida after the 2017 season. Joe Moorhead did a pretty good job implementing his style in 2018 and the program would love to take another step forward this year. It won’t be easy with the loss of so many stars on defense, but there is certainly some talent waiting in the wings.
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