August 23, 2018 7:35:37 AM
Every day from 99 days out (May 25) until kickoff, I'll put up a post telling you how many days until kickoff and breaking down something about the upcoming season related to that number.
Today, since we are 9 days away from kickoff, we take a look at: Nine times in the last two years, Mississippi State has thrown for 200 yards or more in a game. What is Moorhead's track record and how many times can MSU do it this year?
This one's gonna be short, because the numbers are more enticing than anything I could possibly say. Remember, MSU has thrown for 200 yards in a game nine times over the last two years. Penn State, with Joe Moorhead as its offensive coordinator, did it 11 times -- last year. It did so 11 times the year before that, too, so Moorhead's offense did 23 times in two years what MSU's offense did nine times.
That being the case, I wouldn't be surprised if MSU hit that number in each of its first four games: Stephen F. Austin, at Kansas State, UL Lafayette and at Kentucky.
In general, it takes an elite defense to hold Moorhead offenses under that number, so looking at teams with strong secondaries such as Florida, LSU and possibly Alabama, I could see MSU hitting 200 passing yards eight or nine times this year.
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