The first weekend of college football is just about here… finally! This Saturday in Starkville is quite a unique situation. MState is taking on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles from Hattiesburg. Even more exciting than opening the season with an in-state foe, is of course walking in to the brand new stadium! It will be an abundant feast for the eyes, no doubt. State wants this to be ‘their’ game. They want to dominate, and expect to do so. And why wouldn’t they?? State is SEC. USM is C-USA. State’s got the big boys, and plays the big boys. Everything surrounding the football program in Starkville is top notch and of the highest quality. Let us not forget however that Southern Miss is the team with a chip on their shoulder. They know that no one in Starkville thinks they can pull it off. These Eagles are ready to prove everyone wrong; ready and willing to take on anyone, anytime, anywhere–and it’s not an impossible feat, actually. Their program is rebuilding, the head coach is returning, and they are ready to start the season with a bang. (They have beat LSU, Florida State, and shut out Alabama, by the way.) This is where, historically, Mississippi State has gotten itself in trouble. They’ve taken on these ‘easy wins’ with so much confidence, that it backfires. The team doesn’t play as hard and strong as they know they can. They don’t block well enough, tackle hard enough, and prevent big plays. The Bulldogs absolutely have to keep their mind in the game, and play like it’s the championship game. Here’s a little history for you: MSU vs. USM in-state rivalry has been going on for almost 50 years. USM leads the series 14-12. These teams have not played in 23 years. See that 14-12 number?? Yep, They lead the series. Not MSU. According to the Vegas odds, State has a 30.5 spread, meaning, they are expected to win by that much. With Mullen and the coaching staff, and the team working as a true unit, theres NO WAY the Eagles will soar out of Starkville. With all the trash-talking between fans being put aside, this is a great game for Mississippians as a whole. The buzz and local coverage is getting more intense as it gets closer to Saturday. Lets’s ring those cowbells, and send those Eagles home with a headache, why don’t we?!
About Laurie (43 Articles)
A true southern girl at heart, Laurie was raised to love football. Her years at Mississippi State really developed her passion for everything gameday: Getting primped and polished in über-cute outfits, tailgating with new and old friends, fans clanging cowbells with great exuberance while the Bulldogs play great football inside Davis Wade Stadium. Laurie is a huge fan of Coach Mullen, his wife, Megan, and the team he has built. Could this team have a Heisman candidate??… After moving to Texas and marrying a fellow football fan who graduated from UTSA, she was thrilled when UTSA announced its plan to build a football program. The Athletic Director, Mrs. Lynn Hickey, has done a phenomenal job and has a large fan following, including Laurie. Laurie has been a season ticket holder since the first season, and has loved watching the team grow. Laurie loves to be crafty at times. Hand-painted glasses for both teams fill her cabinets, team wreaths hang on her front door. Her blue and orange feathered sombrero makes it to every UTSA game, loud and proud. Laurie has a B.S. in Marketing, and a Minor in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising from Mississippi State University.