Sound Off: Rested Mississippi State should respond in big way against BYU

Mississippi State is coming off a bye week, and its schedule becomes much easier. After consecutive losses against two of the SEC’s best — Georgia and Auburn — the Bulldogs figure to have an easier test against BYU on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.

The Cougars are 1-5, with five consecutive losses. BYU lost 27-0 to LSU in its second game of the season. Mississippi State destroyed the Tigers, 37-7, on Sept. 16 in Starkville.

SEC Country’s Brandon Walker and Andrew Astleford discuss the upcoming game against BYU, where the Bulldogs stand coming out of the bye week, and talk about everything else in the world of Bulldogs football in our latest Zaxby’s Sound Off.

Other topics include:

  • The BYU game represents the start of a new phase of Mississippi State’s season. The Bulldogs produced an impressive 3-0 start, only to be humbled against Georgia and Auburn. The open Saturday was a good chance for Mississippi State to regroup after a taxing run against some of the best competition the SEC has to offer. Brandon and Andrew discuss how the Bulldogs can still be remembered as one of the SEC’s top teams moving forward.
  • Brandon and Andrew share what they want to see most from Mississippi State against BYU. The Bulldogs can improve in the running game and on defense. The Cougars have one of the worst offenses Mississippi State will see this season, so there’s a chance for the Bulldogs defense to assert itself.
  • Brandon gives an injury update on Malik Dear. On Monday, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen relayed that Dear, a junior slot receiver, will likely redshirt after suffering an ACL injury in March. That means quarterback Nick Fitzgerald likely will have one less target at his disposal the rest of the season. Still, it was the right move for Mullen to be cautious in this situation.

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