November 26, 2008

Bulldogs playing for pride Friday

Mississippi State has one last opportunity to right a lot of wrongs this season.

The Bulldogs season has no doubt been disappointing for the players and fans alike but a win in Friday's Egg Bowl could give the team uplifted spirits heading into the offseason.

"Everything before now, good or bad, can be flipped in a little less than three hours," said MSU head coach Sylvester Croom.

The Bulldogs won in dramatic fashion last season rallying back with 17 unanswered points in the final 7:51 of the game to knock off Ole Miss 17-14 and went on to a Liberty Bowl victory over Central Florida.

Croom admits that much has changed since last years win but noted that outlooks change from season-to-season.

"Those things cross you mind and what your expectations were are different in a year," Croom said. "But at the same time, I expect things to be different a year from now."

The Rebels enter Friday's game with possibly a Cotton Bowl on the horizon with a win. Being a former offensive lineman himself, Croom understands that the game will either be won or lost in one-on-one battles in the trenches.

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