Countdown to Kickoff: 30 Days

We’re counting down to MSU’s season opener against Oklahoma State on Aug. 31, giving you a significant number to ponder as August trudges on. Today’s number is…

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30.

We’re 30 days from the start of MSU’s season, so this is where we begin. When MSU scored 30 or more points last season, it went 6-0. Those wins: 56-9 vs. Jackson State, 30-24 at Troy, 30-10 vs. South Alabama, 41-31 vs. Tennessee, 45-3 vs. Middle Tennessee State, 45-14 vs. Arkansas.

MSU averaged 29.5 points per game, so it seems 30 is a magic number. You can do the math, of course: When State failed to reach 30 points, it was 2-5. Those two wins came against Auburn (28-10) and Kentucky (27-14) – both of those teams went 0-8 in SEC play last season.

When allowing 30 or more points, the Bulldogs were 1-5, that lone win coming against Tennessee. All five of the losses came over the final six games of the season, with MSU allowing an average of 37.6 points in the setbacks.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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