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MSU News & Notes | Thursday, October 11, 2012

All the News and Notes from around Bulldog country including basketball media day, mid-season All-Americans, BCS Trophy passing through, Ballard to start, Champions of Change, and more.

Thank goodness this week is winding down, because I'm ready for some football. I know originally we thought the Auburn game was going to be a big test, but that has obviously turned out otherwise. But despite Tennessee's 3-2 record (with losses to two top 15 teams), I definitely feel like this is the stiffest test we've faced thus far this season. We would be blind or foolish to say that State hasn't benefited from a soft schedule thus far, winning games over far inferior opponents in outcomes we cashed out of early but still won handily. Rest assured, Tennessee will definitely push back if we don't decide to come out and play inspired football. We have a shot at doing some great things this season, and it all starts Saturday night against the Volunteers. This game may not be make or break for MSU like it is for Derek Dooley, but these are the type of games we have to start winning more consistently to be taken seriously as a contender. We cannot rest on Auburn being enough, or that beating Ole Miss means a good season. The remaining schedule will certainly provide some tests, but I believe this Bulldog football team finally has the pieces to pass (some of) those tests, and it all starts with the Volunteers Saturday. Now, here are your MSU News and Notes for Thursday:

  • Basketball season is fast approaching, and this Saturday will be the first time coach Rick Ray has been able to watch his entire team practice. Yesterday the media met with coach Ray and talked about expectations, player's development, and a good bit more.
  • Master of lists Phil Steele doesn't short those who like mid-season rankings, as yesterday he released his mid-season All-American teams. Two Bulldog players donned that list - CB Johnthan banks made the first team while G Gabe Jackson was named to the second team.
  • You might have missed it, but the BCS National Championship trophy will be making its way through Starkville this weekend. Brandon Marcello has all the details on where you can see it, get your picture taken with it, drop it, etc. One of the stops the trophy will make is the West Point Wal Mart - I bet that'll end well!
  • We thought former MSU RB Vick Ballard would have a successful NFL career, but I doubt any of us thought he'd get a legitimate shot at it this early on. With starter Donald Brown out 2-3 weeks after knee surgery, Vick will get his chance to be the main back behind Andrew Luck:

That's all for today folks. Almost to the weekend! I'm ready to watch some football at Davis Wade Saturday night, how about you?