ESPN analyst Trevor Matich: Mississippi State going to break hearts in the SEC West
ESPN released its annual preseason power rankings Wednesday, and the Mississippi State Bulldogs were ranked No. 17 in the country. That was the fourth highest ranked SEC team in the top 25.
And analyst Trevor Matich is certainly buying the hype. In fact, he says if there’s one team that should be ranked in the top 10 that’s not, it’s MSU. Why? Because they’re loaded.
“Mississippi State is going to break a lot of hearts in the SEC West, and it’s because they’re experienced and loaded with NFL talent,” Matich said on ESPN. “No SEC has ever returned from the previous season two first-team All-SEC defensive linemen, but in Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State will be the first in history to do that. Sweat led the SEC in sacks last year; Mark McLaurin behind him led the SEC in interceptions.”
Matich thinks the Bulldogs are going to crush their record of six players drafted in a single year, too.
“This is a team that I think will obliterate their school record of most players drafted in a single year,” he continued. “That’s six back in 1995. This year, I think they will break that record, because they have so many talented juniors and seniors. They’ll win games, because they’re just better than you.”
The Bulldogs certainly are loaded, and Joe Moorhead takes over a very talented team with an experienced quarterback and disruptive defensive line. The biggest reason why MSU may not live up to the hype has more to do with its division than anything else.