2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 65
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 58

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are coming off a disappointing five win season in 2009. In Coach Dan Mullen’s second season, he hopes to turn things around and get the Bulldogs back to a bowl game. It will not be easy for him however, as two of his best players from last year are no longer on the team.

Offensive catalyst running back Anthony Dixon has gone to the NFL and took his 1,445 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns with him. He was the major focal point of the offense and will be sorely missed. Battling to take his place are junior Robert Elliott and junior college transfer Vick Ballard.

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As is the case with almost every team in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) this year, there is uncertainty at the quarterback position for the Bulldogs. Fourth year junior Chris Relf is competing with redshirt freshman Tyler Russell. Relf threw for only 283 yards last season, but contributed on the ground with over 500 yards rushing. This quarterback situation could play out the entire season with coach Mullen switching between signal callers even during games.

Mississippi State’s defense played pretty well last year overall. Leading tackler Jamar Chaney has moved on, but that is the only major loss to the defense. Interception leader Corey Broomfield returns, as well as sack leader Pernell Mcphee. They will try to improve a defense that ranked 11th in the SEC last year.

The Bulldogs may score an upset this year, but it is unlikely they will be anything more than an average team in a difficult conference.

Mississippi State’s odds to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC): +5000.

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