October 25, 2008

Homecoming game preview

For many Southeastern Conference schools, a homecoming game against a Sun Belt opponent would be a walk in the park.

But for a floundering 2-5 Mississippi State squad today's match-up with Middle Tennessee (2-5) is not a given.

Middle Tennessee has proven they are not intimidated by larger schools knocking off Maryland earlier this season and coming close against Kentucky and Louisville.

"We're not in any position to be overlooking any game," said Bulldog head coach Sylvester Croom. "They have played extremely well against other teams like Kentucky, Maryland and even played very well against Louisville until late in the ballgame. This is an important game for us. We need a win. We're playing at home and are reasonably healthy."

To return to another bowl game the Bulldogs will have to pick up some ground in the win column. State would have to win four of it's final five games to become bowl eligible.

"Were just taking it one game at a time," Croom said. "There is no question that there has been a sense of urgency for some time now trying to get back on track where we can have shot to get ourselves into a bowl game. There is no question there is a sense of urgency now that the opportunities are getting fewer and fewer."

The Bulldogs sport one of the worst offenses in the country ranking 117th in scoring at just 14.4 points per game. Mississippi State is 111th in total offense averaging 284.7 yards per game with 153.7 yards on the ground and 170.7 yards via the air.

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