Mississippi State football: Three games circle Bulldogs’ 2022 schedule
Last year, the Mississippi State Bulldogs finished the season with a 7-6 record, and there were plenty of games that Mike Leach and the Bulldogs would love to get back to, with three of the Bulldogs losses with a margin of three points or less. .
Before the Bulldogs hit the grill this fall — which is still months away — here’s a look at three games to circle on Mississippi State’s grueling schedule that’s considered the toughest in the nation in 2022.
Mississippi State vs. Arkansas
The Bulldogs will face the Razorbacks in their annual game at Davis Wade Stadium this year. Mississippi State will seek to avenge last season’s loss this year at Starkville. Look for this game as an absolute shootout, featuring two of the best quarterbacks in the nation in KJ Jefferson and Will Rogers.
The battle between the Hogs and the Bulldogs was close last season. Arkansas won the contest by a score of 31-28 due to a late missed field goal by MSU which could have sent the game into overtime. This is arguably one of the most important games of the 2022 season for the Razorbacks and Bulldogs. Both teams are looking to prove they belong in the conversation as one of the best teams in SEC West. Expect Davis Wade Stadium to be electric for this SEC West battle between the Bulldogs and Razorbacks.
Mississippi State vs. Georgia
The battle against the reigning national champions will be memorable. The Mississippi State Bulldogs will face the Georgia Bulldogs in Starkville this year, and MSU has a huge opportunity to prove they can take on one of the best teams in the country.
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Kirby Smart is one of football‘s elite scouts, and with that comes depth for the Bulldogs. Georgia is losing key defensive players such as Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean who were two huge leaders for the Bulldogs. On the offensive side of the ball, you have Stetson Bennett who is once again in position to be one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC this year.
For Mike Leach and MSU, this will be the biggest test of the season. This fight against Georgia also gives Will Rogers a chance to show how much his game has improved from last year against arguably the best defensive team in the country. This game has the opportunity to be one that Starkville might remember forever.
Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss
What better way to end the 2022 season than with the battle for the golden egg? The Egg Bowl will be hosted in Oxford this year, as Mike Leach looks to win his first game against the Rebels since becoming Mississippi State head coach.
Lane Kiffin has turned this Ole Miss team into one of the most electric teams in the country. Kiffin has also made some major moves in the transfer portal this year, and with that Ole Miss has filled in some positions the Rebels are missing in 2022. Ole Miss will be without one of the best quarterbacks in the country in Matt Corral, but the rebels will be transfer quarterback Jaxson Dart has likely taken some shots this season.
The Egg Bowl is arguably the premier rivalry in college football, and with that, you can expect a close battle between the state rivals. Mike Leach will have this team ready to compete, and MSU will be looking to bring the Egg Bowl trophy back to Starkville.
Mississippi State has a huge opportunity this year to prove they have the talent to take on any team in the country. However, there are still positions to be filled, especially at tackle for the Bulldogs. It will be interesting to see how MSU improves in the spring as the 2022 college football season slowly approaches.