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'Dogs have bite to back up bark

Posted: July 21, 2014 at 3:29 a.m.
Updated: July 20, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott passes against Rice in the first quarter of the Liberty Bowl NCAA college football game on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

If Mississippi State fans sound giddy about their Bulldogs' prospects this fall in the loaded SEC West, don't dismiss them without a second thought.

Mississippi State glance

LAST SEASON 7-6, 3-5 (5th) in SEC West

COACH Dan Mullen (36-28 in sixth year at Mississippi State and overall)

RETURNING STARTERS Offense 8, defense 9, special teams 1

KEY RETURNING PLAYERS QB Dak Prescott, LB Bernardrick McKinney, WR Jameon Lewis, DL Chris Jones, C Dillon Day, RB Josh Robinson

SEC TITLE SCENARIOThe Bulldogs can match roster experience with anybody in the SEC West. If Prescott stays healthy and the Bulldogs play defense as they did late in 2013, they’ll have a chance. The schedule sends them to LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss, where they’ll have to win one or two to have a shot.

MSU schedule

DATE;OPPONENT (TIME)

Aug. 30; Southern Miss, 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 6; UAB, 1 p.m.

Sept. 13; at South Alabama, 3 p.m.

Sept. 20 at LSU*

Oct. 4 Texas A&M*

Oct. 11 Auburn*

Oct. 25 at Kentucky*

Nov. 1 Arkansas*

Nov. 8 Tennessee-Martin

Nov. 15 at Alabama*

Nov. 22 Vanderbilt*

Nov. 28 at Ole Miss*

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