Mississippi State plans to back its lofty expectations

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:fbe298cca8dff2872b9b56f5 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-331044-3753910233001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.STARKVILLE – The hype now appears in the rearview mirror. The talk becomes the walk. Whispers of Heisman Trophies transform into statements, for better or worse. Trips to Atlanta for a Southeastern Conference title either get booked or canceled.The expectations surrounding Mississippi State throughout the spring and summer have never been higher. The reality for this edition of Bulldogs begins today, inside a new $75 million renovated stadium against Southern Miss (SEC Network, 6:30 p.m.)“We’ve just been waiting for this. It’s been a long summer. It’s been a hot summer. We’ve just been grinding,” senior Jameon Lewis said. “We’re just happy this moment; it’s come at the right time.”Cleveland: Mississippi State, USM bout restarts rivalrySouthern Miss game plans for MSU’s QB Dak Prescott, front sevenGame Preview: Southern Miss vs. Mississippi StateIt comes as Mississippi State returns 16 starters from a year ago. It’s projected to start 19 juniors or seniors today. None is more important than the quarterback Dak Prescott.Ever since he entered the Egg Bowl in the fourth quarter and led the Bulldogs to a comeback win, the MSU hype train has been barreling down the tracks. A strong performance against the Golden Eagles only throws more coals on the fire.“Everything we’ve put in to this point I’m pleased with, but it means nothing if that doesn’t translate to great performance on every Saturday,” coach Dan Mullen said. “That’s what we have to look for and that’s what we’re going to find out here.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:31cc74a41e50238e4be3b6c9 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-798770-3756649622001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Mississippi State is 4-1 under Mullen in season-openers. The Bulldogs’ only loss came last year at then-No. 13 Oklahoma State.This year MSU opens against a team that’s 1-23 the last two seasons. Southern Miss’ only win during that time came against UAB, who MSU plays next week.“You never know what type of team you have or how you’re going to be because you’ve always gone against each other,” Mullen said. “So it’s how we stack up against other people.”The Bulldogs’ first true test might not come until the fourth week of the season on Sept. 20. MSU travels to Baton Rouge to play LSU. Until then, it’s Southern Miss, UAB and South Alabama – a program that didn’t exist prior to 2009.But none of that matters once MSU takes the field tonight. The kickoff erases all preseason chatter and makes the 2014 Bulldogs a reality.“We’re ready for it,” Prescott said. “Couldn’t be more excited.”Contact Michael Bonner at (601) 961-7289 or mbonner@gannett.com. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.last_img

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