In mid-June, what’s better to read than a football preview?

Yet there is much to like about these Bulldogs, beginning with a young, energetic coach and continuing with an offense sure to make a sizable improvement in 2010. The defense, better than its numbers indicated in 2009, will be led by an athletic, talented defensive line. This is a better team, a deeper, more experienced team, but I don’t think we’ll see an improvement in the win column. I’m prepared for the vitriol from the M.S.U. fan base. If all goes as planned, Mississippi State will firmly rank among the top 50 teams in the country heading into 2011.

Dream season Despite the tough schedule, Mississippi State lands an 9-3 mark, 6-2 in the SEC. One of those wins, of course, is on the road against rival Mississippi.