Well State fans, the time is here, and I am starting to get a little excited heading into Saturday’s game at the Superdome. If you are going to travel to a game this season, you will have a hard time finding a better location than New Orleans. For the fans that are headed down south for Saturdays game, please take time to enjoy the sights available and take in some of the great history New Orleans has to offer. I also recommend a nice, hot bowl of spicy Cajun gumbo that you can only get in Bayou Country. Yep, I believe Saturday is going to be a exciting start to a great football season, and I hope many Mississippi State fans will make the trip for our season opener.
Our opponent this weekend, the Ragin’ Cajuns of the University of Louisiana, will be a great non-conference contest to test our new quarterback Tommy Stevens and several other new faces that will be introduced to the starting lineup for the 2019 season. There are also a few new coaches being introduced this season to the fray, and I am sure they are all excited to kick the season off with a big win down in Louisiana. So without further ado, Let’s Talk Hail State, the Good the Bad and the Ugly.
As already mentioned, Tommy Stevens was named the starting quarterback this past week as many predicted weeks ago. To be completely honest, I would have been extremely shocked if Stevens wasn’t named the starter due to the nature of the new transfer rule. It is going to be hard to pull in any senior transfers unless they have a better-than-average chance to start. If you let a couple of players transfer to your program to just have them sit for most of the year, no other student-athletes will consider your program as a possible transfer destination.
Next, how about a healthy Kylin Hill. I look for him and Nick Gibson to set the stage for Stevens early in this contest. I know that everyone is looking to see a much improved passing game, but the one thing Mississippi State was missing last year was the support from both parts of the game. If State does have a better passing game this season, expect more opportunities for big plays from the running backs in 2019.
The Bulldogs lacked that one-two punch last year with a less than optimal passing game and it cost us a few games. I expect a better one-two punch this season and a more explosive offense from both the running game and the passing game.
The first bad thing to note is that 10 players will miss eight games this season due to NCAA academic violations. Yep, that’s bad! And not knowing who they are until game day, WHAT THE HAIL!!!!! I mean, what a way to head into opening week and finding out that your school was put on three years’ probation by the NCAA. What I really hated about this whole situation was how we had to spend time worrying as we waited to find out what the NCAA would hand down after all the reports of misconduct and recruiting violations and, I mean, months and years of stress and then BAM! A two year-Bowl and, and, and————Never mind. LOL……Baby Shark-----Baby Shark----Moving on!!!!!
Well, this was the easiest Ugly I’ve ever had the privilege of writing, and here it is. Watching the Florida versus Miami game, which kicked off the 2019 season. I have watched hundreds of football games, I mean thousands of hours, and I have never seen a more undisciplined showing from a sporting event. By the end of the fourth quarter, I didn’t even care who would win anymore. I just wanted it to be over for the sake of college football. Now, I know that every Mississippi State Football fan was pulling for Dan Mullen and the Florida Gators (LOL), and they did. Maybe he will get a new pair of shoes out of it or something! Good Luck in the SEC East, Danny Boy.
I really hope and pray that the Bulldogs play a much cleaner and more disciplined game this coming Saturday. I also hope that none of the Bulldogs were able to watch that game for the betterment of the team and coaching staff.
Here’s to wishing for a wonderful 2019 football season and all the blessing for the players, coaches and staff to bring a great season to the fans here at the greatest University in the country. So thank you! Now LET’S GET IT ON!!!!
HAIL STATE AND GO DAWGS.