STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State was a football program in a tailspin heading down the stretch last season.
Then came mid-November, and the Bulldogs went on a three-game winning streak to end the 2013 season, which has led to skyrocketing expectations heading into this fall.
Mississippi State finished with a 7-6 record and returns nearly its entire team, including dual-threat quarterback Dak Prescott and nine defensive starters.
Prescott earned his way into Bulldog lore during last year's Egg Bowl, when he overcame an injury to his non-throwing arm to lead Mississippi State past rival Mississippi 17-10 in overtime.
Now the junior will try to provide some of those same heroics over an entire season. Mississippi State opens its season on Aug. 30 against Southern Mississippi at newly renovated Davis Wade Stadium.