No. 18 Mississippi State (9-3, SEC) vs Iowa (8-4, Big Ten), Jan. 1, 12 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Tampa, Florida
Mississippi State: DE Montez Sweat, 51 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks.
Iowa: TE T.J. Hockenson, 46 catches, 717 yards, six ...
Dan Mullen is gone. So is the Egg Bowl bravado.
First-year Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead will experience his first “Battle of the Golden Egg” on Thursday when the 22rd-ranked Bulldogs make the short trip to face Ole Miss in Oxford.
So far, he’s shown little interest in ...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald barreled through a defender during the fourth quarter, crashing face-first into the ground before trotting to the sideline while removing a huge clump of grass and mud from his helmet.
Two plays later, he was back on the field. And the quarterback’s ...
Mississippi State faces ‘reality’ of disappointing season
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State’s regular season has 10 days remaining and the schedule includes two winnable games against Arkansas and Ole Miss.
But no matter the outcome, the Bulldogs’ season has fallen short of expectations.
This was supposed to be the year that ...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State’s first-year coach Joe Moorhead has developed a routine during his weekly news conference: He introduces the next opponent and then talks in length about the matchup.
This week’s subject was No. 1 Alabama.
“Obviously, a lot of this goes ...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The combination of coach Joe Moorhead’s offensive philosophy and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald’s run-first reputation has resulted in a volatile mix through their first eight games together.
It’s been beautiful at times. At other moments, downright ugly.
Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead has been concerned about the team’s lack of balance and run-heavy approach.
It didn’t take long against fifth-ranked LSU to see why.
The Bulldogs suffered through an ugly 19-3 loss ...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead knows that senior Nick Fitzgerald can “throw a ball over a mountain.”
And like most quarterbacks, Fitzgerald loves to show off that arm strength.
The problem is the 22nd-ranked Bulldogs (4-2, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) ...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The SEC this week has been able to celebrate having the most ranked teams within a single conference at any time in the past two years.
One league has not had eight simultaneously ranked members since the SEC had eight in October 2016.
“It just goes back to ...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State first-year coach Joe Moorhead once had a goal to turn Nick Fitzgerald into more of a passer than a runner during his senior season.
Six games later, there’s been a shift in philosophy: Time to let the big man loose.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound ...
Mississippi State’s Osirus Mitchell made the mistake that might have cost the Bulldogs a win.
The sophomore receiver was open during the third quarter against Florida and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald hit him in stride. But the ball bounced off Mitchell’s hands and fell to the turf as more ...
Rough loss to Kentucky humbles No. 23 Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State suddenly has a lot bigger problems than former coach Dan Mullen coming to town.
The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs and their fan base have been looking forward to Saturday’s game against Florida for several months, ever since Mullen left Starkville after ...
No. 14 Mississippi State faces big SEC challenge at Kentucky
No. 14 Mississippi State (3-0, 0-0 SEC) at Kentucky (3-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2).
Line: Mississippi State by 10.
Series record: Mississippi State leads 23-22.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Mississippi State enters league play having outscored nonconference foes 150-26 under first-year ...
No. 14 Mississippi St breezes through season’s first 3 weeks
Mississippi State has been so good through the season’s first three games that there is not much reason for coach Joe Moorhead to complain.
If anything, the results have been too easy.
Now No. 14 Mississippi State (3-0, 0-0 Southeastern Conference) faces its toughest challenge of the ...
No. 16 Mississippi State focuses on details against ULL
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State’s transition to new coach Joe Moorhead looks like it could not be going any smoother.
The 16th-ranked Bulldogs (2-0) have enjoyed relatively easy wins against Stephen F. Austin
No. 16 Mississippi State grinding up foes with ground game
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State’s new coach Joe Moorhead had a vision for what he wanted his offense to look like this season.
So far, it hasn’t gone exactly as planned.
The end results have been fine: Mississippi State
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald was the first one to ask Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead for this week’s scouting report, and he’ll probably be the first one to have his cleats on Saturday.
That’s what happens when you haven’t stepped on the field since last year’s Egg ...
The points came quickly and against all types of opponents in a very successful opening week for the defensive-minded teams in the Southeastern Conference.
Offenses around the SEC made a statement the rest of Power Five leagues can’t help but notice — and left little doubt they have the ...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — One of the biggest reasons Joe Moorhead was hired at Mississippi State was his reputation for building offenses that can score points in a hurry.
It took exactly one play for that offense to get the fun started in Starkville.
Keytaon Thompson threw a short ...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State’s football program has hit a little adversity early in Joe Moorhead’s tenure.
Now the first-year coach is interested in how the Bulldogs respond.
No. 18 Mississippi State will play Saturday’s opener against Stephen F. Austin without senior ...
Stephen F. Austin (4-7 last season) at No. 18 Mississippi State (9-4), 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Line: No line.
Series record: First meeting.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
It will be Joe Moorhead’s head coaching debut at Mississippi State when the Bulldogs host Stephen F. Austin on Saturday ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference.
As Nick Saban and ...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Joe Moorhead’s debut as Mississippi State’s head coach added some unexpected intrigue after he announced starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is suspended for Saturday’s game against Stephen F. Austin because of a “violation of team policy.”
Moorhead — who talked ...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State isn’t shying away from its status as a contender to win the Southeastern Conference.
Instead, first-year coach Joe Moorhead is embracing the sky-high expectations and is pleased that his players feel the same way.
“Hype and confidence are ...
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — If Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald is going to have a storybook ending to his college career, first-year coach Joe Moorhead has to get off to a fantastic start.
The Bulldogs are a popular pick to contend for the Southeastern Conference championship after ...
More than a decade after Nick Saban took over as the coach of Alabama, the rest of the Southeastern Conference is still trying to figure out how to consistently beat him.
A lot of coaches have tried. A lot of them have ended up unemployed.
Now a new group will take a shot.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State’s Joe Moorhead is going through the same problems and having the same headaches that first-year coaches always go through when establishing the way they want their football program run.
One difference: He won’t be given much of a grace period to ...