Previewing Outback Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Iowa

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Like him or not, former Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen must have left the program in good shape with first year headman Joe Moorhead on the cusp of matching the team’s 2017 win total in the Outback Bowl.

The Bulldogs are taking an overall record of 8-4 into the New Year’s Day affair versus Iowa, going on win number nine. With this being MSU’s ninth consecutive bowl game appearance, Moorhead has a standard to maintain on the other side of the coaching change.

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Today, Moorhead addressed that during the Outback Bowl’s DeBartolo Contract signing party at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. “If we’re fortunate enough to win the game it’ll be back-to-back nine-win seasons. And certainly for me as a first-time head coach in the SEC and particularly in the SEC West, to win nine games in your first season I think that’s a testament to our staff and our players. And we’ll be graduating a bunch of guys on the defensive side of the ball and the extra practice time is great, invaluable for our young guys that get extra reps. So I think winning the game obviously provides a bunch of positive momentum heading into recruiting and certainly spring ball as well.”

The Bulldogs and Hawkeyes will celebrate New Year’s Day at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.