Mississippi State ended its toughest stretch of the season with a 49-10 loss to Auburn last Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It was an intriguing matchup, given how the Bulldogs were humbled against Georgia and how Auburn entered with momentum after a blowout victory against Missouri the week before.
Like the previous week, Mississippi State struggled on the road against one of the SEC’s best. The Tigers jumped to a 21-10 halftime lead, then outscored the Bulldogs 28-0 in the second half. Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald completed just 13 of 33 passes for 157 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham, meanwhile, burned the Bulldogs by throwing for 264 yards with 2 touchdowns on 13-of-16 passing.
SEC Country’s Brandon Walker and Andrew Astleford discuss the loss, figure out what it means for Mississippi State heading into a bye week and talk about everything else in the world of Bulldogs football in our latest Zaxby’s Sound Off.
Other topics include:
- Mississippi State was disappointing on both sides of the ball. The defensive issues were particularly concerning, given how the unit looked so impressive early in the season. Auburn gashed Mississippi State for 511 total yards. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, gained 351 yards. Brandon and Andrew discuss the defense’s performance in losses to Georgia and Auburn. Fitzgerald’s development also is addressed after a second consecutive week of struggle against a strong defense.
- The path ahead becomes easier for Mississippi State after the bye week. The Bulldogs play BYU, Kentucky, Texas A&M and Massachusetts before facing Alabama. Brandon and Andrew discuss how the bye comes at a good time for Mississippi State. With a 3-2 record, there still is the potential for the Bulldogs to finish with an eight- or nine-win season.
- Expectations were raised after the victory against LSU, only to change after the losses to Georgia and Auburn. Not long ago, Mississippi State gained national attention as possibly the second-best team in the SEC West. However, the buzz has died down with the recent defeats. Still, Brandon and Andrew discuss how Bulldogs fans should feel good having Dan Mullen at the helm with so many subpar coaches elsewhere in the conference.
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