STARKVILLE — Mike Leach’s second spring in Starkville is taking on a different look.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — DeVonta Smith was uncoverable, Najee Harris unstoppable and Mac Jones impeccable. With a performance that was both surgical and explosive, No. 1 Alabama won the College Football Playoff national championship game 52-24 against No. 3 Ohio State on Monday night.
STARKVILLE — In a season that saw more ebbs and flows than the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi State capped off its first season under Mike Leach with an Armed Forces Bowl victory over No. 24 Tulsa last week. And while a postgame brawl marred the immediate aftermath of the contest, the Bulldogs’ win put a bow on a year that boasted incredible highs and dismal lows.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State sophomore linebacker Nathaniel Watson rarely answers to his first name. Heck, even those closest to him barely recognize it. There’s no Nathaniel this, or Nate that. To those that know him best, it’s just “Bookie,” emphasis on the double-o.
STARKVILLE — Mike Leach is putting the finishing touches on his first class at Mississippi State.
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STARKVILLE — College football is in a state of flux.
STARKVILLE — Mississippi State is entering crunch time.
STARKVILLE — Jalen Mayden is looking for a chance.
STARKVILLE — SEC Network play-by-play announcer Tom Hart begins each fall Sunday the same way.
STARKVILLE — Mike Leach is new to the Egg Bowl, but his familiarity with it spans decades.