Mississippi State Head Coach Mike Leach enters his 1st season at the helm with high expectations. Leach will hope to take the Bulldogs back to the promised land which will be easier said than done. Mississippi State welcomes back five starters on Offense including three starters on the Offensive Line. Senior Quarterback K.J. Costello (Stanford transfer) will be the starter barring something unforeseen and will share the backfield with senior Running Back Kylin Hill – another returning starter. The Wide Receiving Unit returns one starter in senior Osirus Mitchell and will need several experienced returnees to step up if the Bulldogs expect to become Bowl Eligible again in 2020. Mississippi State only returns four starters on Defense including two starters on the Defensive Line. The Defensive Line will be led by senior Defensive End Marquiss Spencer and sophomore Defensive Tackle Jaden Crumedy. The Linebacking Unit will be anchored by its lone returning starter – senior Middle Linebacker Errol Thompson. The Secondary will be carried by its lone returning starter as well in senior Safety C.J. Morgan. The Special Teams Unit returns intact with both senior Kicker Jace Christmann and junior Punter Tucker Day back. Mississippi State fans are beyond jubilant with the arrival of Leach and his Air Raid Offense. Can the Bulldogs overachieve in his 1st season in Starkville? It is doubtful as the schedule includes road games at Alabama and LSU among others. I predict Mississippi State to go 7-6 in 2020 but expect bigger things in future seasons under Leach.

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