Early Pick ‘Em

I know it’s pretty early to really start making predictions about the football season. But other than the EURO 2012 Soccer tournament and the Olympics, there’s not much sports wise left to talk about this summer. So, just looking at MSU’s schedule for the Fall, how do you think the season will turn out?

2012 Bulldog Football Schedule (seems all games are now color coordinated)

Sept. 1 > Jackson St. in Starkville (Maroon)
Sept. 8 > Auburn in Starkville (True Maroon)
Sept. 15 > Troy in Troy, AL 
Sept. 22 > South Alabama in Starkville (White)
Oct. 6 > Kentucky in Lexington, KY
Oct. 13 > Tennessee in Starkville (West Side White, East Side Maroon)
Oct. 20 > Middle TN St. in Starkville (Homecoming; Maroon)
Oct. 27 > Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL
Nov. 3 > Texas A&M in Starkville (Snow Bowl Reunion; White)
Nov. 10 > LSU in Baton Rouge, LA
Nov. 17 > Arkansas in Starkville (Maroon)
Nov. 24 > Ole Miss in Oxford, MS

I like our chances in all games but 2. I still have trouble convincing myself that we can beat Bama and LSU. But I really believe that we could beat the rest of the teams on our schedule. However, I’m not gonna predict we beat all but Bama and LSU. I expect us to slip up somewhere along the way. The Auburn game will be a season pace setter. We must win that first SEC game and get started on the right track. If we do, it’s not crazy to think we could walk into Tuscaloosa on October 27 and have 2 undefeated teams playing one another. So I’m gonna go with a 9-3 record. 2 losses coming to Bama and LSU. I’m not sure where the 3rd loss will come. But it could be from Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas A&M, or Arkansas. What say you with a little over 2 months before the kickoff with Jackson State?


Commits beginning to come in

Deon Mix

Cord Sandberg

After what some would call a slow start, MSU is beginning to get some quality commits to the football team. Here’s a list of the 5 commits so far in order of when they made their decision:

De’Vante Scott, 5’11”, 195 lbs., WR, Co-Lin CC (3/22/12)
Brandon Wells, 6’1″, 180 lbs., WR, Bogue Chitto (4/3/12)
B.J. Hammond, 6’4″, 207 lbs., WR, Gasden, AL (6/7/12)
Kent Flowers, 6’5″, 300 lbs., OL, Hollandale (6/9/12)
Deon Mix, 6’4″, 305 lbs., OL, South Panola (6/10/12)
Cord Sandberg, 6’3″, 205 lbs., QB, Bradenton, FL (6/11/12)
Chris Jones, 6’5″, 250 lbs., DE, Houston, MS (6/11/12)

Kent Flowers

Expect to see a couple more verbal commits this week as camps continue. Of those already committed, Deon Mix is the prize so far. He was highly sought after. We are on pace to possibly put together the best OL class ever at MSU. Getting Flowers and Mix this week was HUGE. I got to see Flowers work out personally on Saturday, and he most definitely impressed. As you can see, it appears we’ll have a strong recruiting year at the WR position as well. What looked to be a slow start is turning into a quite impressive class. Know this: our recruiting has changed. We are now able to be more picky with who we recruit. Guys from all over the country are showing up at our camps and we’re gonna focus on those who have these qualities: no baggage, good academics, SEC ready, and good work ethic. And what I mean by SEC ready is, when they walk on the field w/ D1 college recruits, they stand out and are in a totally different league physically and athletically.