2019 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

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2019 Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Mississippi State Bulldogs logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2019 record6–7 (3–5 SEC)
Head coachJoe Moorhead (2nd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorBob Shoop (2nd season)
Base defense4–3
CaptainErrol Thompson
Home stadiumDavis Wade Stadium (Capacity: 61,337)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 4 Georgia x   7 1         12 2  
No. 6 Florida   6 2         11 2  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         8 5  
Missouri *   3 5         6 6  
South Carolina   3 5         4 8  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 1 LSU x$^   8 0         15 0  
No. 8 Alabama   6 2         11 2  
No. 14 Auburn   5 3         9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         4 8  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 37, Georgia 10
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * – ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2019 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs played their home games at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi, and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by second-year head coach Joe Moorhead. Following the team's loss in the Music City Bowl Moorhead was fired as the Bulldog's head coach.

Previous season[edit]

The Bulldogs finished the 2018 regular season 8–4, 4–4 in SEC play to finish in fourth in the Western Division. They were invited to play in the Outback Bowl, where they lost against Iowa.

Preseason[edit]

SEC media poll[edit]

The SEC media poll was released on July 19, 2019 with the Bulldogs predicted to finish in fifth place in the West Division.[1]

Preseason All-SEC teams[edit]

To be released

Schedule[edit]

Mississippi State announced its 2019 football schedule on September 18, 2018.[2] The 2019 schedule consisted of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3111:00 a.m.vs. Louisiana*ESPNUW 38–2822,440
September 72:30 p.m.Southern Miss*ESPNUW 38–1555,143
September 1411:00 a.m.Kansas State*
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
ESPNL 24–3154,522
September 213:00 p.m.Kentucky
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS (rivalry)
SECNW 28–1354,556
September 286:00 p.m.at No. 7 AuburnESPNL 23–5687,451
October 1211:00 a.m.at TennesseeSECNL 10–2085,462
October 192:30 p.m.No. 2 LSU
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS (rivalry)
CBSL 13–3659,282
October 2611:00 a.m.at Texas A&MSECNL 30–49102,025
November 23:00 p.m.at ArkansasSECNW 54–2452,256
November 1611:00 a.m.No. 5 Alabama
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS (rivalry)
ESPNL 7–3857,607
November 236:30 p.m.Abilene Christian*dagger
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
SECN Alt.W 45–754,683
November 286:30 p.m.Ole Miss
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS (Egg Bowl)
ESPNW 21–2057,529
December 303:00 p.m.vs. Louisville*ESPNL 28–3846,850
Schedule Source:[3]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Staff from 2019.[4]

Name Position
Joe Moorhead Head Coach
Mark Hudspeth Associate Head Coach & Tight Ends Coach
Terry Richardson Assistant Head Coach, Run Game Coordinator, & Running Backs Coach
Deke Adams Defensive Line Coach
Andrew Breiner Pass Game Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach
Terrell Buckley Cornerbacks Coach
Luke Getsy Offensive Coordinator* & Wide Receivers Coach
Marcus Johnson Offensive Line Coach
Joey Jones Special Teams Coordinator
Tem Lukabu Linebackers Coach
Bob Shoop Defensive Coordinator & Safeties Coach
Anthony Piroli Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Andrew Warsaw Director of Football Operations

Game summaries[edit]

vs. Louisiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ragin' Cajuns 7 7 0 14 28
Bulldogs 7 14 7 10 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 Sept. 15, 2018 W, 56–10

Southern Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 0 0 7 8 15
Bulldogs 7 14 7 10 38
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
14–14–1 6–4 Sept. 5, 2015 W, 34–16

Kansas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 14 0 14 31
Bulldogs 0 14 7 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 Sept. 8, 2018 W, 31–10

Mississippi State led in almost every statistical category: more first downs (21-17); more total yards (352-269), more yards rushing (201-146), and more yards passing (151-123). Both teams committed 3 turnovers and 7 penalties and Mississippi State controlled the game clock, holding possession for 33:05 to K-States 26:55.[5]

Solid statistical production wasn't enough, as Kansas State ended up winning the game 31-24.[6]

Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 3 0 7 3 13
Bulldogs 7 14 0 7 28
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
23–23 8–2 Sept. 22, 2018 L, 7–28

at Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 6 3 7 7 23
No. 7 Tigers 21 21 7 7 56
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
27–63–2 4–6 Oct. 6, 2018 W, 23–9

at Tennessee[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 3 0 7 10
Volunteers 7 3 3 7 20
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
16–28–1 2–8 Oct. 13, 2012 W, 41–31

LSU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Tigers 3 19 14 0 36
Bulldogs 0 7 0 6 13
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
35–74–3 2–8 Oct. 20, 2018 L, 3–19

at Texas A&M[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 10 7 13 30
Aggies 14 14 14 7 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–5 Oct. 27, 2018 W, 28–13

at Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 14 24 7 9 54
Razorbacks 0 10 7 7 24
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
12–16–1 6–4 Nov. 17, 2018 W, 52–6

Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Crimson Tide 21 14 3 0 38
Bulldogs 7 0 0 0 7
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
18–81–3 0–10 Nov. 10, 2018 L, 0–24

Abilene Christian[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 7 0 0 7
Bulldogs 7 14 7 17 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Ole Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 0 14 0 6 20
Bulldogs 7 7 7 0 21
Overall record Last ten meetings Last meeting Result
45–62–6 6–4 Nov. 22, 2018 W, 35–3

vs Louisville (Music City Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 0 14 28
Cardinals 0 10 14 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–3 Dec. 30, 2017 W, 31–27

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP RV RV RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Coaches RV RV 23 RV RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-football/article232869247.html
  2. ^ "2019 Football Schedule Unveiled". Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. September 18, 2018. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "2019 Mississippi State Bulldogs Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 Football Coaching Staff". http://hailstate.com. Retrieved 6 January 2018. External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Kansas State vs Mississippi State (team stats)". ESPN. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Robinett, Kellis (September 14, 2019). "K-State upsets Mississippi State 31-24 for first signature win under Chris Klieman". Wichita Eagle. Retrieved September 14, 2019.