Louisville vs. Mississippi State

Louisville vs. Mississippi State

Mississippi State: Not only is Dan Mullen off to Florida, leaving running backs coach Greg Knox as the interim head coach for the bowl game, but star quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is also out after suffering an ankle injury in the Egg Bowl against Ole Miss. In Friday's Belk Bowl, Texas A&M and Wake Forest combined for 107 points. "I think you're seeing that in a lot of the bowl games, offenses are scheming up certain things to create big plays".

Absence of Dan Mullen - After leading the Bulldogs to a bowl game for the eighth consecutive season, head coach Dan Mullen has made a decision to walk away from Starkvegas to return to the Florida sidelines where he won multiple National Championships as the offensive ccoordinator. "They're having success with it".

Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino said "we try to prepare for the players that they have and their talents and knowing what we're going to go up against". "I think some of it is the tempo". You just hope to contain him and not let him get out of control. He's been doubted, he's been told he can't do this and he can't do that, but all he's done is manage to do pretty much anything he's wanted on a football field for the last 2.5 years.

Jackson, of course, has been the most dynamic dual-threat quarterback over the last two seasons. The 2016 Heisman Trophy victor finished as a finalist for the award this year after completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 3,489 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions and rushing for 1,443 yards and 17 more scores. With 8,872 passing yards, 3,974 rushing yards and 116 total touchdowns, what else does he have to prove?

He joined former Florida and Nevada quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick as the only others to accomplish that feat. "It's like playing Michael Jordan. He's a special player".


Jackson was actually better in 2017 than in 2016. He announced in mid-November he would play in whatever bowl game the Cardinals were invited to, calling it an obligation to his teammates.

"They fly around to the ball and are big and physical", Jackson said. With Fitzgerald being sidelined, I expect this game to be dominated by the former Heisman victor Jackson in what could potentially be his final collegiate game. "He went through it and highlighted about 50 to 60 plays that he felt good about".

129 Rushing yards are needed by Louisville QB Lamar Jackson to break the school single-season record that he set previous year. All four previous Heisman winners were named the MVP of either the winning or losing teams in the game.

As accomplished as he is, Jackson is still one of the more underrated players in recent memory.

Despite that situation, this MSU team says they like what they have seen from Thompson during bowl practice.

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