Since head coach Dan Mullen landed in Starkville, no team in the SEC has consistently played LSU and Alabama as tough as State – absent LSU and Bama themselves. The problem is the Bulldogs have nothing to show for it – going 0-10 over that span.
However, this year MSU packs for Baton Rouge with an offense that’s averaging 44 points per game and a defense that’s tied for first in the SEC in sacks.
Will State be able to put pressure on the inexperienced quarterback Anthony Jennings? Will MSU’s Dak Prescott be ready for his Louisiana homecoming?
Editor’s note: As part of the buildup for Florida vs. Alabama on Saturday, SEC14.com will take a look at some memorable moments from the recent history of the series.
Playing in only his 2nd game as a Florida Gator, Pensacola, FL, High School phenom Emmitt Smith racked up at that time, the greatest rushing day in Florida history. When the 18 year old was done, he had carried an astounding 39 times for 224 yards, as the Gators stunned the Tide in the SEC opener.
Now sit back and enjoy a brief look back on that day 27 years ago in a segment of University of Florida’s season highlight reel. (Note the “Baby Faced” Emmitt, too).
Is Jeff Driskel ready to pull it off and win the big one?
In a word … no. But we have to break it down regardless, and we resisted the urge to squeeze a “Breaking Bad” reference into this.
Here’s The Deal: How does a college football head coach go from thrown under or off the bus to the biggest thing in college football in one week? Beat Alabama. But does Will from Gainesville have the horses and the talent to get his Gators to rise up and pull off a program-changing win, or is this when Alabama flexes a little muscle and shows that everything is humming at a national title level?
My colleagues and I dissect the game in greater detail at College Football News. Buckle your seat belts JUMP HERE.
What did we learn from UGA/South Carolina? Do we really know how good Bama is, yet? Days later, who can make sense of the chaos in OT in Gainesville last Saturday night? And what’s the most intriguing game to watch this week?
Russ and I discuss it all on the latest edition of the “Smackcast” here:
Editors Note: Each week, SEC14 will have columns from a number of radio personalities across the SEC. Today, Mr. T.J. Carpenter chimes in from SPORTSNIGHT w/ TJ Carpenter, on 810 WHB Kansas City. RM.
It’s not hyperbole – long before the HUNH offense, Bill Snyder revolutionized the way undersized programs recruit, scheme and attack traditional powerhouses.
He turned upsets into expectations. He did it with unique strategies and a new way of thinking. After 30 years, opposing coaches still can’t figure out him and his Kansas State Wildcats. Which is what makes this Thursday night’s game against Auburn so much more intriguing.
Similarly, Tigers’ coach Gus Malzahn marches to the beat of his own drummer. He’s often called an offensive “genius”. Is it hyperbole?