Mississippi State Striving for Fast Start vs. Southern Miss
Mississippi State feels confident about its ability to beat Southern Mississippi for a second straight season.
That's not surprising. After all, the Bulldogs crushed the Golden Eagles 49-0 in 2014.
But this matchup has an added degree of difficulty.
Southern Miss gets to host a Southeastern Conference opponent for the first time since 1989 when the Bulldogs come to town on Saturday. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott — who enters the season as one of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates — expects a rowdy atmosphere that must be respected and neutralized quickly.
Southern Miss enters the game a three-touchdown underdog after a 4-32 record over the past three seasons. Third-year coach Todd Monken led the Golden Eagles to a 3-9 record last season after a 1-11 mark in 2013.
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