SEC: Mississippi State wins; Kentucky was Kentucky

Mississippi State demolished Memphis Thursday night in the season opener. The Bulldogs displayed a strong offense and stifling defense against an overmatched Memphis football team. The Bulldogs were favored by 31 points, and it was easy to see why as the 20th ranked Mississippi State squad won 59-14. The Bulldogs posted 645 total yards with 405 total yards coming in the first half.

Quarterback Chris Relf went 13 of 21 for 202 yards and two touchdowns and Vick Ballard highlighted the Bulldog ground attack with 10 carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Relf carried the ball 13 times for 51 yards.

On defense, the Bulldogs did not miss defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Cox was suspended (as were a handful of other Bulldog players) for unspecified team rule violations. It was a dominating performance by the defense. This must have Mississippi State fans happy. If you combine a powerful offense with a stout defense then you can go far in the league play. Of course, this was Memphis. And Memphis was terrible.

As for Kentucky, well, it was Kentucky.

Only more so.

The Wildcats defeated Western Kentucky 14-3.

The Wildcats looked miserable. Not even Ashley Judd at the game would have made this ballgame bearable. Kentucky Wildcat fans can take solace in the fact that basketball season will be here soon.

Of course, it would not be wise to read too much into the first game of a season. However, Kentucky must find some rhythm on offense if it wants to compete in the SEC. It is hard to find much to praise in this performance. Third down efficiency was woeful and tossing three interceptions will get you killed in SEC play.

What are your thoughts? Is Miss State a force to be reckoned with in the SEC West? Will Kentucky improve and have a say in the SEC East?

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  1. 1
    Brink

    It was 1-11 Memphis, was not all that impressed with MS. Relf’s impression of Cam was only average.MS will go bowling but won’t win the west.

  2. 2
    iknowwhatiknow

    Whats interesting to me is almost in unison awbarn fans are hollaring that MSU isn’t worth a Damn and haven’t seen their beloved tiggets play a down of football yet!!!! I think they are scared shirtless to play MSU!

    • 3
      WhoreEagle

      I agree with the sentiment. I believe State may give the Barn a painful whipping. (I think a lot of teams will give the Barn a painful whipping this year).

      Prediction – Don’t be surprised if Chizik is on the proverbial hot seat at the start of next years season. This may “Larry Coker” Part 2.

      • 4
        FBJ Lives

        Yawnnnnnn. It is going to be a pleasure watching that NOT happen, as is watching you mullets implode over another 3 loss season. Cause thats what it will be for ya, 3 losses.

        • 5
          BamaBrando

          Enjoy your 7 loss season FBJ. That Miss St. loss is going to STING. Especially if Utah St. shocks you guys. They gave OU everything they wanted last year, and they have 19 starters coming back.

    • 8
      WhoreEagle

      What I love, some (probably a majority) barners are thinking they will have 2 losses….AT WORST!!!

      LMAO, you gotta love those dumb, 2 tree hugging, insignificant, little sisters down in the “Village”.

      You have to admit, they keep us entertained. Just acknowledge them and they’ll dance for us.

  3. 9
    Bama-Rolls

    Payback is coming to the barn…..SC, ARK, LSU, UGA and Bama will expose & abuse all that freshman talent. The young O-line will get pounded early an often!

    • 11
      BamaBrando

      Get in line Vol, UT will have their annual ass-whipping coming in just a few weeks. And we will get to hear you cry about it for ANOTHER year. Your only hope is to root for someone else to beat Bama. Pitiful.

    • 13
      Denny Chimes

      Vile,
      “Bammer” is not playing MSU this weekend you idiot. They are playing Kent State. Bama will be spanking UT long before they play MS State, not that I will lose sleep over that one either.

    • 16
      Indiana Vol

      Bammer-Rolls down the toilet,

      Keep talking! If Bammer loses to TN, you better have the balls to show up afterward and take your medicine!

  4. 17
    RollTide

    Bama-Rolls:
    “Payback is coming to the barn…..SC, ARK, LSU, UGA and Bama will expose & abuse all that freshman talent. The young O-line will get pounded early an often!”

    They also have Clemson on the road. And Florida and MSU at home won’t be easy.

    Remember all the cheap shots on the QBs last year?

    Payback time.

  5. 18
    Bama-Rolls

    Good point RT, i cut off my post before going into details about all the Fairley cheap shots..State will have something special in store next weekend! Clem hadn’t forgotten either, Dabo cant wait to get them into Death Valley.

    • 19
      WhoreEagle

      And being a Bama boy, we know Dabo will be out to destroy them. The Barners will probably be crying after that game that Dabo ran the score up on them.

      And Mullen…..
      And Richt…..
      And Spurrier…..(we know Spurrier loves to run the score up)
      And Miles….
      And, of course, Saban….(36-0 anyone?)

  6. 20
    Indiana Vol

    It is officially September so it MUST be time for College Football ; the predominant religion of must red-blooded Southerners !!

    Well, It is time for College Football

    Planning for the fall college football season in the South is radically different than up North. For those who are planning a football trip South or are NEW to the South… here are some helpful hints.

    Women’s Accessories:
    NORTH: Chap Stick in back pocket and a $20 bill in the front pocket.
    SOUTH: Louis Vuitton duffel with two lipsticks, waterproof mascara, and a fifth of bourbon. Money not necessary – that’s what dates are for.

    Stadium Size:
    NORTH: College football stadiums hold 20,000 people.
    SOUTH: High school football stadiums hold 20,000 people.

    Fathers:
    NORTH: Expect their daughters to understand Sylvia Plath.
    SOUTH: Expect their daughters to understand pass interference.

    Campus Decor:
    NORTH: Statues of founding fathers.
    SOUTH: Statues of Heisman trophy winners.

    Homecoming Queen:
    NORTH: Also a physics major.
    SOUTH: Also Miss America ..

    Heroes:
    NORTH: Rudy Giuliani
    SOUTH: Archie, Peyton & Eli Manning

    Getting Tickets:
    NORTH: 5 days before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus.
    SOUTH: 5 months before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus, make a large financial contribution and put name on a waiting list for tickets.

    Friday Classes After a Thursday Night Game:
    NORTH: Students and teachers not sure they’re going to the game, because they have classes on Friday.
    SOUTH: Teachers cancel Friday classes because they don’t want to see the few hung over students that might actually make it to class.

    Parking:
    NORTH: An hour before game time, the University opens the campus for game parking.
    SOUTH: RVs sporting their school flags begin arriving on Wednesday for the weekend festivities. The really faithful arrive on Tuesday.

    Game Day:
    NORTH: A few students party in the dorm and watch ESPN on TV.
    SOUTH: Every student wakes up, has a beer for breakfast, and rushes over to where ESPN is broadcasting “Game Day Live” to get on camera and wave to the idiots up north who wonder why “Game Day Live” is never Broadcast from their campus.

    Tailgating:
    NORTH: Raw meat on a grill, beer with lime in it, listening to local radio station with truck tailgate down.
    SOUTH: 30-foot custom pig-shaped smoker fires up at dawn. Cooking accompanied by live performance from the Dave Matthews Band, who come over during breaks and ask for a hit off bottle of bourbon.

    Getting to the Stadium:
    NORTH: You ask “Where’s the stadium?” When you find it, you walk right in.
    SOUTH: When you’re near it, you’ll hear it. On game day it is the state’s third largest city.

    Concessions:
    NORTH: Drinks served in a paper cup, filled to the top with soda.
    SOUTH: Drinks served in a plastic cup, with the home team’s mascot on it, filled less than half way with soda, to ensure enough room for bourbon.

    When National Anthem is Played:
    NORTH : Stands are less than half full, and less than half of them stand up.
    SOUTH: 100,000 fans, all standing, sing along in perfect four-part harmony.

    The Smell in the Air After the First Score:
    NORTH: Nothing changes.
    SOUTH: Fireworks, with a touch of bourbon.

    Commentary (Male):
    NORTH: “Nice play.”
    SOUTH: “Dangit, you slow idiot – tackle him and break his legs.”

    Commentary (Female):
    NORTH: “My, this certainly is a violent sport.”
    SOUTH: “Dangit, you slow idiot – tackle him and break his legs.”

    Announcers:
    NORTH: Neutral and paid.
    SOUTH: Announcer harmonizes with the crowd in the fight song, with a tear in his eye because he is so proud of his team.

    After the Game:
    NORTH: The stadium is empty way before the game ends.
    SOUTH: Another rack of ribs goes on the smoker, while somebody goes to the nearest package store for more bourbon, and planning begins for next week’s game.

    ______________________________

    And for SEC Fans:

    HOW MANY SEC STUDENTS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHT BULB?

    At VANDERBILT: it takes two, one to change the bulb and one more to explain how they did it every bit as good as the bulbs changed at Harvard.

    At GEORGIA: it takes two, one to change the bulb and one to phone an engineer at Georgia Tech for instructions..

    At FLORIDA: it takes four, one to screw in the bulb and three to figure out how to get stoned off the old one.

    At ALABAMA: it takes five, one to change it, three to reminisce about how The Bear would have done it, and one to throw the old bulb at an NCAA investigator.

    At OLE MISS: it takes six, one to change it, two to mix the drinks and three to find the perfect J. Crew outfit to wear for the occasion.

    At LSU: it takes seven, and each one gets credit for five Semester hours.

    At KENTUCKY: it takes eight, one to screw it in and seven to discuss how much brighter it seems to shine during basketball season.

    At TENNESSEE: it takes ten, two to figure out how to screw it in, two to buy an orange lampshade, and six to phone a radio call-in show and talk about how much they hate Alabama.

    At MISSISSIPPI STATE: it takes fifteen, one to screw in the bulb, two to buy the Skoal, and twelve to yell, “GO TO …., OLE MISS”.

    At AUBURN: it takes one hundred, one to change it, forty-nine to talk about how they did it better than at Bama, and fifty to get drunk and roll Toomer’s Corner when finished.

    At SOUTH CAROLINA: it takes 80,000, one to screw it in and 79,999 to discuss how this finally will be the year that they have a decent football team.

    At ARKANSAS: None. There is no electricity in Arkansas

  7. 23
    DES

    Vol- That crap is not funny. And you told a lie. Arkansas has electricity there. Just where in the hell are you from? And how do they change them there ? RTR

  8. 24
    Crimsonite

    That was pretty good IV. Shame you had to quote someone else to finally post something coherent. And the only electricity they have in Arkansas is from the extention cord plugged in to the Pilot Truckstop in Hayti, Missouri. Bwaa haww haww. RTR!

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