SMITH COLUMN: Good start key to successful season for MSU
Two, four, six, eight may be the first four words of a cheer one might hear during the course of a football season.
It can also be the answer to a question about how many wins a team looks to get during the season.
When it comes to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, they hope for a total closer to the eight range.
The Bulldogs open the season Saturday night against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, which is a team they have not faced since 1990. That's when Brett Favre was the quarterback at Southern Miss.
It will be interesting to see the rivalry between MSU and USM renewed. It's long overdue.
If the Bulldogs are to have the type of season they expect and if at least eight wins is a goal, it will be a key to have a successful opener against the Golden Eagles at the newly-expanded Davis Wade Stadium.
Ben Wait, the MSU beat writer for The Starkville Daily News, will take a closer look at this matchup with his Tale of the Tape column in this weekend's Game Day edition, but it doesn't take much research to realize the Bulldogs should have a decided edge in this encounter.
Even though Southern Mississippi comes into the game with a little momentum after soundly defeating UAB 62-27 to end last season, it still finished 1-11 in 2013 and it's hard to imagine the program improving that much during the offseason.
It's going to be very difficult for the Golden Eagles to enter the home of a Southeastern Conference squad and get a victory. I can happen, but not likely.
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