Outback Bowl Matchup
No. 18 Mississippi State (9-3, SEC) vs Iowa (8-4, Big Ten), Jan. 1, 12 p.m. ET
LOCATION: Tampa, Florida
Mississippi State: DE Montez Sweat, 51 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks.
Iowa: TE T.J. Hockenson, 46 catches, 717 yards, six touchdowns.
Mississippi State: No. 18 final playoff ranking best since ending at No. 7 in 2014. Joe Moorhead joins Jackie Sherrill as only MSU coaches to make bowl game in first season.
Trash-talking on hold: Egg Bowl rhetoric turned down a notch
Dan Mullen is gone. So is the Egg Bowl bravado.
First-year Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead will experience his first "Battle of the Golden Egg" on Thursday when the 22rd-ranked Bulldogs make the short trip to face Ole Miss in Oxford.
Fitzgerald leads No. 25 Mississippi State past Arkansas 52-6
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald barreled through a defender during the fourth quarter, crashing face-first into the ground before trotting to the sideline while removing a huge clump of grass and mud from his helmet.
Two plays later, he was back on the field. And the quarterback's 19-yard pass to Austin Williams was a fitting way to end his time playing football at Davis Wade Stadium.
Mississippi State faces ‘reality’ of disappointing season
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's regular season has 10 days remaining and the schedule includes two winnable games against Arkansas and Ole Miss.
But no matter the outcome, the Bulldogs' season has fallen short of expectations.
This was supposed to be the year that Mississippi State challenged for its first Southeastern Conference championship in more than 75 years. Instead, the 25th-ranked Bulldogs (6-4, 2-4 SEC, No. 16 CFP) are in fifth place.
Mississippi State’s defense set to take on for No. 1 Alabama
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's first-year coach Joe Moorhead has developed a routine during his weekly news conference: He introduces the next opponent and then talks in length about the matchup.
This week's subject was No. 1 Alabama.
"Obviously, a lot of this goes without saying," Moorhead said with a hint of a grin. "But we will go through the process anyways."
Spoiler alert: Moorhead has a high opinion of the Crimson Tide.
No. 21 Mississippi State trending upward as November arrives
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The combination of coach Joe Moorhead's offensive philosophy and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald's run-first reputation has resulted in a volatile mix through their first eight games together.
It's been beautiful at times. At other moments, downright ugly.
Passing problems return for unbalanced Mississippi State
Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead has been concerned about the team's lack of balance and run-heavy approach.
It didn't take long against fifth-ranked LSU to see why.
No. 22 Mississippi State playing to its strength: Running
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead knows that senior Nick Fitzgerald can "throw a ball over a mountain."
And like most quarterbacks, Fitzgerald loves to show off that arm strength.
SEC’s 8 ranked teams adds intrigue to remaining schedule
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The SEC this week has been able to celebrate having the most ranked teams within a single conference at any time in the past two years.
One league has not had eight simultaneously ranked members since the SEC had eight in October 2016.
Fitzgerald leads Miss St to 23-9 win over No. 8 Auburn
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State first-year coach Joe Moorhead once had a goal to turn Nick Fitzgerald into more of a passer than a runner during his senior season.
Six games later, there's been a shift in philosophy: Time to let the big man loose.
Struggling Mississippi State works to fix broken offense
Mississippi State's Osirus Mitchell made the mistake that might have cost the Bulldogs a win.
The sophomore receiver was open during the third quarter against Florida and quarterback Nick Fitzgerald hit him in stride. But the ball bounced off Mitchell's hands and fell to the turf as more than 60,000 fans at Davis Wade Stadium groaned in unison.
Rough loss to Kentucky humbles No. 23 Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State suddenly has a lot bigger problems than former coach Dan Mullen coming to town.
No. 14 Mississippi State faces big SEC challenge at Kentucky
No. 14 Mississippi State (3-0, 0-0 SEC) at Kentucky (3-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2).
No. 14 Mississippi St breezes through season’s first 3 weeks
Mississippi State has been so good through the season's first three games that there is not much reason for coach Joe Moorhead to complain.
No. 16 Mississippi State focuses on details against ULL
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's transition to new coach Joe Moorhead looks like it could not be going any smoother.
The 16th-ranked Bulldogs (2-0) have enjoyed relatively easy wins against Stephen F. Austin and Kansas State and hope to keep rolling when they host Louisiana-Lafayette (1-0) on Saturday.
But like all coaches, Moorhead sees room for improvement.
No. 16 Mississippi State grinding up foes with ground game
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's new coach Joe Moorhead had a vision for what he wanted his offense to look like this season.
Fitzgerald leads No. 18 Mississippi State into Kansas State
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Nick Fitzgerald was the first one to ask Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead for this week's scouting report, and he'll probably be the first one to have his cleats on Saturday.
That's what happens when you haven't stepped on the field since last year's Egg Bowl.
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S-E-TD!: SEC teams look to be more offensive this season
The points came quickly and against all types of opponents in a very successful opening week for the defensive-minded teams in the Southeastern Conference.
Offenses around the SEC made a statement the rest of Power Five leagues can't help but notice — and left little doubt they have the offensive firepower to light up scoreboards all year after their impressive performances in Week 1.
No. 18 Mississippi State tops SFA 63-6 in Moorhead’s debut
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — One of the biggest reasons Joe Moorhead was hired at Mississippi State was his reputation for building offenses that can score points in a hurry.
It took exactly one play for that offense to get the fun started in Starkville.
Keytaon Thompson threw a short pass to Kylin Hill that ended with a 53-yard touchdown, setting the stage for the 18th-ranked Bulldogs lopsided 63-6 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night in the season opener.
No. 18 Mississippi St goes into opener using backup QB
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's football program has hit a little adversity early in Joe Moorhead's tenure.
Now the first-year coach is interested in how the Bulldogs respond.
No. 18 Miss State plays first game under coach Joe Moorhead
Stephen F. Austin (4-7 last season) at No. 18 Mississippi State (9-4), 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU
Alabama’s reign causes SEC foes to lose patience in coaches
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The decade-long chase to catch Alabama has caused patience to wear thin across the rest of the Southeastern Conference.
As Nick Saban and Alabama chase their sixth national title in 10 seasons , five of the SEC's other 13 programs have new coaches. It represents the league's highest turnover since 1946, when the SEC had six new coaches.
Mississippi St QB Fitzgerald suspended for season opener
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Joe Moorhead's debut as Mississippi State's head coach added some unexpected intrigue after he announced starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is suspended for Saturday's game against Stephen F. Austin because of a "violation of team policy."
Moorhead — who talked about the decision during Monday's press conference — also said that defensive lineman Cory Thomas won't play against the Lumberjacks.
Confident Mississippi State ready to contend in SEC West
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State isn't shying away from its status as a contender to win the Southeastern Conference.
Instead, first-year coach Joe Moorhead is embracing the sky-high expectations and is pleased that his players feel the same way.
"Hype and confidence are two things that I don't worry about with the team," Moorhead said. "We are a very confident group, and I think we have a good reason. We have earned a right to be confident."
Mississippi State’s high hopes rest on Moorhead, Fitzgerald
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — If Mississippi State's Nick Fitzgerald is going to have a storybook ending to his college career, first-year coach Joe Moorhead has to get off to a fantastic start.
The Bulldogs are a popular pick to contend for the Southeastern Conference championship after finishing with a 9-4 record last season, and a glance at the roster reveals plenty of reasons why.
More than a decade after Nick Saban took over as the coach of Alabama, the rest of the Southeastern Conference is still trying to figure out how to consistently beat him.
A lot of coaches have tried. A lot of them have ended up unemployed.
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State's Joe Moorhead is going through the same problems and having the same headaches that first-year coaches always go through when establishing the way they want their football program run.
One difference: He won't be given much of a grace period to make it work.