Quarterback play is important: as if that isn't the most obvious statement ever made. Mississippi State's quarterback, Tyler Russell, played quite well last season, breaking school records, and leading MSU to eight wins. But it was a disgruntled eight wins, and Tyler was not the same in big games. As a senior, can one of the best quarterbacks in MSU history step up and shine in the big game? He'll get that chance early.
Recruiting rankings don't always get 'em right. Benardrick McKinney was a two-star linebacker out of Rosa Fort. He had very few offers. He was rated as the #149 best player at his position for the 2011 recruiting class. Last fall, that two-star, 149th best LB finished 8th overall in the SEC with 102 tackles as a redshirt freshman. Can he step up and be the centerpiece of this defense yet again?
Countdown to 2013 MSU Football
You've got to be able to protect the blind side in football. It's an essential part of the game, and one that's separated good teams from great ones over the years. The man charged with that task this year is Blaine Clausell.
You can't put a price tag on top shelf talent on the offensive front, and MSU's Gabe Jackson is as top shelf as it gets in the SEC in 2013. For State to have a successful season in 2013, the Bulldogs will need a big year from the future 1st rounder
Being named to an All-SEC team has become pretty tough business in college football. In a conference with great players at every position, which Bulldogs are the most likely to represent Mississippi State on such lists.
With the release of Mississippi State's first game week depth chart of the 2013 season, it was time to start reexamining the list of 25 impact players for 2013.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs swooned to close out 2012 after a 7-0 start. With a difficult finish to close the season, can Mississippi State avoid a similar tumble to close this season.
The sophomore product of Morton surprised many when he was listed as the starter at CB opposite of Jameson Love earlier in the week. Can he live up to expectations, and is he ready for the big test the first week against Oklahoma State?
There are several games on the schedule that the Bulldogs would like to win, 12 in fact. Which one is the most important one for Mississippi State to win?
One of the more enjoyable things to do in the preseason is scroll through a schedule and try to pick the wins and losses for your team. The gang at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls did just that to try to find the biggest win for the Bulldogs in 2013.
In what proved to be one of several amazing finishes of the 1999 season, Matt Wyatt came off the bench to replace an injured Wayne Madkin and led the Bulldogs on two touchdown drives in the closing minutes to help MSU move to 6-0 and stun Auburn.
A junior center, Dillon Day has started his last 21 ball games for Mississippi State, and he has twice been named to the Remington Award watch list. Coming into the 2013 season, he will play an important role to help the offensive line improve.
Coming into the season, every team has a few questions to answer. The staff at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls attempts to answer those questions for MSU. Question Number 10: Who will emerge as the go-to man in the Bulldogs' passing game in 2013.