im loving the schedule:
@ south alabama
@ lsu (still expect to lose, but they will be rebuilding, so im cautiously optimistic)
aTm (minus johnny manziel, game in starkville)
auburn (always close with auburn, game in starkville)
@ alabama (probable loss as usual)
vandy (minus franklin, game in starkville)
@ ole miss
outside of ole miss, all the sec games that are within reach will be in starkville (aTm, auburn, vandy, arkansas) and we have some given road wins...or probable road wins (@ uk) and a toss-up road game (@ ole miss).
from a msu perspective, this is the type of schedule that comes around very rarely. its the winged purple unicorns of schedules.
4 guaranteed ooc wins
uk (likely w)
arkansas (likely w)
3 toss-up sec games at HOME
@ ole miss (toss up imo as of right now)
2 probable losses (@ lsu, @ alabama)
its looking really good in my opinion and has for a while now. i was eyeballing this schedule last season and pointing to this year as the one that (IF we make a run, it might be the perfect year for it) might legitimize what we have been working for over the last 5 years.
on top of that, dak prescott has me really wooly right now and his command of the offense is really impressive. sadly, i also we get some addition by subtraction at runningback (jrob for perkins...and i flinch saying that because perk was really good, just not the type we needed to run the dan mullen offense), jameon lewis is returning as an upperclassman, all our green true freshman receivers return with some experience, we return most of our d line, we return an outstanding linebacking corp, we return all 4 starters in the secondary on a defense that made some impressive strides in the last 1/3 of the season. assuming we stay healthy, i just dont see how anything less than 7-5 is possible....best case scenario, 10-2 with an outside shot at an upset in baton rouge, most likely scenario it will be a 9 win regular season.
some state fans get a little crazy from time to time on predictions, but as a self-proclaimed realist, this has me salivating. whether or not i am a true realist has yet to be seen, but i feel like this could be THE ever elusive mythical year. the stars are lining up that way imo.