Can Mississippi State overcome back-to-back horrific losses?



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We’re three games in and, despite a wonderful season opener, it feels like the 2020 Mississippi State football season is about to spiral out of control. Or, well, maybe it’s already spiraling out of control.

Maybe it’s already crashed.

I don’t know.

I do know that things are bad. Really, really bad. Mississippi State, is, in fact, bad. We just found out how Mike Leach’s Mississippi State responds to a deflating loss and that response is to somehow lose in an even more awful manner.

That week one win over LSU has been diminished by the fact that the Tigers just lost to the Missouri Tigers. Mississippi State has suffered back-to-back losses to less than stellar teams, such as Arkansas last week and then Kentucky this week.

To make matters worse, in each of MSU’s losses, the Bulldogs looked like an absolute disaster on offense.

Against Arkansas, the Bulldogs managed to muster a grand total of 14 points off of 400 total yards. State turned the ball over 5 times.

The Bulldogs lost 21-14.

And against Kentucky? Somehow things were even worse. First, there’s this:


MSU turned the ball over six times against the Wildcats, gained just 295 yards of offense, and lost 24-2.

Maybe it’s time for Mississippi State to move on from K.J. Costello?

Maybe the Bulldogs need to stick with him and give him more time to adjust to this offense?

I don’t know.


Mississippi State’s next game is against the Texas A&M Aggies. Leach is familiar with A&M going back to his time at Texas Tech and A&M’s time in the Big 12, but things have changed a lot since then.

The Bulldogs are facing a significant uphill battle next weekend. The Aggies have improved every week as this season has gone on, Mississippi State just keeps getting worse. A&M just toppled the No. 4 team in the country, the Bulldogs lost to a team that was previously winless.

It would be a miracle for this next game to even be close. That would be an improvement.

But that doesn’t seem likely.

If this season is to be salvaged, Mississippi State needs to stop this tailspin. Otherwise, things are only going to get uglier and uglier. And to be completely honest, I don’t want to see anything uglier than a 24-2 loss to Kentucky.

Maybe this road loss will be the rock bottom Mississippi State picks itself up from. I shutter at the thought that the Bulldogs can continue tumbling down even further beyond this.


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