Mississippi State has added some non-conference, in-state flavor to its future slates.
Southern Miss announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with MSU on a future three-game series. The first two games of the series will be played in Starkville, with the first being played Sept. 7, 2019, and the second Sept. 23, 2023. That first game is described by USM as a guarantee game.
The finale of the series will see the Bulldogs travel to Hattiesburg Sept. 14, 2024.
“We are pleased to announce this series, which is good for the football fans in the state of Mississippi,” USM athletic director Jon Gilbert said in a brief statement.
The two football programs have met 29 times previously, the last coming in September of 2015. The series is tied at 14-14-1 overall, although the Bulldogs have won four in a row. The Golden Eagles’ last win came way back in 1988.
When last we left Bovada.lv‘s odds for the 2017 national champion, 2016 runners-up Alabama sat atop the initial wagering odds. On the cusp of a new season? Same old, same old. Pretty much.
Along with its updated Heisman Trophy odds, Bovada also revealed its updated odds to win the next edition of the College Football Playoff championship, with the Crimson Tide sitting as a comfortable favorite at 12/5. In January, those odds were a little longer at 4/1.
The next two teams, USC and Ohio State, saw their odds shorten as well, with the former going from 9/1 to 6/1 and the latter from 15/2 to 13/2. Florida State and Michigan, at 7/1 and 9/1, respectively, seven months ago, have lengthened a bit to 15/2 for the Seminoles and 16/1 for the Wolverines.
Prior to Bob Stoops’ retirement, Oklahoma had been at 9/1; after his abrupt departure, those odds have tumbled to 16/1.
Below are the complete set of updated 2017 national championship odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv.
Not surprisingly, the wagering favorite for one of the most storied awards in sports remains unchanged.
Back in January, Bovada.lv installed USC quarterback Sam Darnold as a 9/1 favorite to win the 2017 Heisman Trophy; a month later, those odds shortened to 4/1. Tuesday, the same wagering establishment released its updated Heisman odds, with Darnold remaining a 4-1 favorite.
Up next this time around, however, is Saquon Barkley at 7/1. In February, the Penn State running back was at 12/1 and behind four other players.
After that, it’s Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield at 15/2 (he was 13/2 in Feb.), Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett at 8/1 (12/1) and Louisville quarterback and reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson at 8/1 (13/2).
No other positions other than quarterbacks and running backs were listed.
Below is the complete set of 2017 Heisman Trophy odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv.
I don’t know about on it, but off of the field Kylin Hill is decidedly — and dangerously — fast.
According to the Starkville Daily News, the Mississippi State running back was arrested late in the afternoon Thursday on a charge of reckless driving. It’s alleged that Hill was driving his 2015 blue Dodge Challenger in excess of 120 miles per hour.
On the football side, it doesn’t appear any punishment is in the offing for the freshman.
From the Daily News:
Hill practiced with the Bulldogs on Friday. After practice, MSU head coach Dan Mullen said Hill wouldn’t face any punishment other than the fallout from his arrest.
“I think he has some legal issues he’s going to have to deal with and pay a fine I think,” Mullen said.
A four-star member of MSU’s 2017 recruiting class, Hill was rated as the No. 15 back in the country and the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Mississippi. Only two signees in the Bulldogs’ class this year were rated higher.
It’s been a good week in the SEC for players who are dealing with driving-related offenses near campus.
One day after Alabama’s Nick Saban said starting defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand would not be facing any additional punishment (or suspension) for a DUI, Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen pledged the same leniency when it came to dealing with Bulldogs freshman Kylin Hill.
The recent four-star recruit was arrested by the state highway patrol on Thursday afternoon with a reckless driving charge after going an alleged 120 mph, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
“He has some legal issues he is going to have to deal with and pay a fine, I think,” Mullen told reporters after practice.
Hill likely won’t supplant presumed starter Aeris Williams in the backfield but still could see playing time this season as a true freshman at MSU. That is, of course, once he pays that fine and gets back in the good graces of the coaching staff with a little better driving performance.