Opening camp: Mississippi State

Key battle: Pernell McPhee is entrenched at one end on defense, but Sean Ferguson and Nick Bell will slug it out for the starting spot opposite McPhee. The Bulldogs like their talent and depth up front defensively. Redshirt freshman Johnathan McKenzie also showed in the spring that he will be able to help. He’ll enter the preseason as McPhee’s backup, but could play his way into a starting role at the other end.