Bulldog Maroon & White

a Mississippi State sports blog

Countdown to 6:45 PM on Saturday

Posted by Kyle Weidie on August 25, 2008

Why 6:45 pm (eastern)? Well, that’s when the Mississippi State Bulldogs open their 2008-2008 football season against the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs in Ruston, Louisiana on ESPN2.

The August 30th meeting will mark the first time an SEC school has traveled to the northern Louisiana town since 1913. And as outlined in this Clarion-Ledger article, the college town of 20,000 plus is buzzing. Louisiana Tech athletic officials are hoping to break their 28,714 attendance record and have raised normal ticket prices from the range of $8-$22 to $40.

You can also check out the Clarion-Ledger for a game preview. The quick run down, La Tech’s offense will be decent (8 returning starters), but their defense will be far below par. This bodes well for a MSU Bulldog offense which has struggled in practice leading up to the season. Mississippi State’s defense should take care of business, even without all-SEC performer, Derek Pegues, who was suspended for the opener for not going to class.

Most betting sites have the Bulldogs favored by either 8 or 8.5 points with the over/under being set at 45.5.

My prediction: Mississippi State 34, Louisiana Tech 17

As far as season predictions: Rick Cleveland and Kyle Veazy, both of the Clarion-Ledger, each have Mississippi State going 7-5.  Gregg Ellis, of the NE Miss. Daily Journal, ups his outlook to 8-4.

Personally, I think 7-5 is a cake walk. I’m slightly pessimistic about eight wins…..because let’s be honest, this is Mississippi State Football….something will go wrong. Of course, I’m optimistic that Sylvester Croom has finally changed the culture. How much? Well, we will have a good read by late Saturday evening.



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