Scouting Miss. State and the SEC

The Starkville area has been inhabited for over 2100 years. Artifacts in the form of clay pot fragments and artwork dating from that time period have been found east of Starkville at the Herman Mound and Village site, a National Historic Register site that can be accessed from the Indian Mound Campground. Shortly before the American Revolutionary War period, the area was inhabited by the Choccuma (or Chakchiuma) tribe, who were annihilated about that time by a rare alliance between the Choctaw and Chickasaw.[6] The modern early settlement of the Starkville area was started after the Choctaw inhabitants of Oktibbeha County surrendered their claims to land in the area in the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1830. White settlers were drawn to the Starkville area because of two large springs. A mill southwest of town provided clapboards which gave the town its original name, Boardtown. In 1835, Boardtown was established as the county seat of Oktibbeha County and its name was changed to Starkville in honor of Revolutionary War hero General John Stark.[7]
On March 21, 2006, Starkville became the first city in Mississippi to adopt a smoking ban for indoor public places, including restaurants and bars. This ordinance went into effect on May 20, 2006.[8

Started in 1895, Miss State football in Starkville Miss, has a rich history in the SEC, known as the best football conference in the USA (think of Alabama)
The team has been coached by Dan Mullen (coached under Ervin Myers at Utah and Florida) since 2009 and had a impressive run in 2014 posting a #1 ranking before losing toward the end of the season to Bama and and their rivals, Ol Miss. They had a NFL QB running the show by the name of Dak Prescott, currently making the Dallas Cowboys a contender.
Gone are the days of Prescott and Nat. Champions dreams but don’t be fooled, MSt is full of athletes. They have put 124 student athletes in the NFL, had 38 All Americans and have had 11 1st rounders so they will be tough.

One more SEC fact: Only 1 SEC team has ever traveled to Provo, Miss State in 2000, they stomped the daylights out of Lavell Edward’s team 44-28.

We knew our D was good but it looks like Hill has knocked off the rust and our O has caught up.

Bulldogs on offense
Without Prescott, the Mississippi State offense has been less dynamic, averaging just 25.6 points (92nd in the country). Sophomore Nick Fitzgerald is a big (6-5, 230), physical presence at quarterback. He leads the team in rushing (390 yards) and has thrown for 784 yards and seven scores. Brandon Holloway (5-8 165) is a scatback who is difficult to catch and Ashton Shumpert (6-2 218) is a thumper at running back. Senior Fred Ross (29 catches, 319 yards, five TD’s) is an NFL-caliber receiver. The offensive line starts three seniors. BYU’s D should handle the run and Fitz just is not that good yet. Advantage BYU.

Bulldogs on Defense
They are known for their rush stopping ability… Remember MSU was ranked #15 and after BYU got done with them, they fell to #41 nationally. DBs are small but fast. If BYU can establish the run, this game is over. Advantage BYU

BYU is at home, it is a late game on a short week. BYU’s Oline has played better each game and had a complete game in the dismantling of Mich St so I would have to say BYU is favored in every category from special teams to DandO. There is a reason SEC teams don’t come out West… Vegas has the game BYU -7, over/under of 58. I say same score as last week, BYU 31-14 Miss St.

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