Mississippi State football hosts Stephen F. Austin on Saturday in Starkville. Here is your first look at the Lumberjacks.
Stephen F. Austin Season so far
Obviously, Stephen F. Austin has yet to play a game. The Lumberjacks finished the 2017 season 4-7 with wins over Incarnate Word, Lamar, Houston Baptist and Abilene Christian. In the team’s only game with an FBS opponent the Lumberjacks fell to SMU 58-14.
Mississippi State-Stephen F. Austin Stat Comparison
|MSU OFF PPG||32.0||19.6||SFA OFF PPG|
|MSU DEF PPG||20.9||29.5||SFA DEF PPG|
|MSU TOTAL OFF||418.6||330.6||SFA TOTAL OFF|
|MSU PASSING OFF||166.9||215.2||SFA PASSING OFF|
|MSU RUSHING OFF||251.7||115.5||SFA RUSHING OFF|
|MSU TOTAL DEF||306.3||434.7||SFA TOTAL DEF|
|MSU PASSING DEF||174.7||230.1||SFA PASSING DEF|
|MSU RUSHING DEF||131.6||204.6||SFA RUSHING DEF|
|MSU TO MARGIN||-0.08||-0.09||SFA TO MARGIN|
|MSU MASSEY COMP&||17||NR||SFA MASSEY COMP|
& The Massey Composite Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.
Stephen F. Austin Injuries and Suspensions
Challenges for Mississippi State
The absence of starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who has been suspended for the game, can only make this contest more interesting. Even without Fitzgerald, State should still win easily. The goal is to win this game and come out of the contest with as few injuries as possible. The Bulldogs also should use this game to develop depth if the contest transpires as expected. Junior QB Jake Blumrick led the Lumberjacks in passing last season completing 171 of 303 passes for 1,654 yards, and eight touchdowns. Tamrick Pace is the team’s top returning receiver with 53 catches last season.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 6:30 pm CT and can be seen on ESPNU.