With the 2023 Egg Bowl ending in frustration for the Mississippi State football team, it’s time to ask a few big questions about the Bulldogs.
The 2023 Egg Bowl was rough to watch at times. While the Mississippi State football team ended up keeping this game a lot closer than expected, another frustrating offensive performance led to this game ending in less-than-ideal fashion for Mississippi State football fans.
The Bulldogs fell 17-7 to their in-state rivals, the Ole Miss Rebels. The loss drops Mississippi State to 5-7 on the year and leaves several pressing questions swirling as the team heads into the offseason.
What’s next for Mississippi State football as MSU sits at 5-7?
The immediate question is whether or not Mississippi State will play in a bowl game this year. At 5-7, conventional wisdom would say that MSU won’t be bowling at all. But, college football can be quirky. Because of MSU’s high APR scores, the Bulldogs are on the fringe and could potentially still receive an invite depending on if enough teams are 6-6.
However, even if MSU does sneak into some sort of bowl game, would it even be worth playing? It might just be best to move on from this year and start focusing on the future.
But, uh, right now the future is a little murky.
The Mississippi State football program is currently searching for a new head coach after Zach Arnett was fired following in the midst of a tumultuous season. The whole ordeal began in unprecedented fashion following Mike Leach’s death last December.
Mississippi State has lacked an identity in 2023 and whoever takes over and leads the MSU Bulldogs will need to reset the program a bit.
The program wasn’t a rebuild project this time a year ago, but it might be right now.