Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead is new to college football rivalries in the south, but he says he’s prepared for what the Egg Bowl has to offer.
“I’ve had a chance to meet Coach Luke and certainly understand the importance of the Egg Bowl and what that means to the people in this state, the people of Starkville and both schools,” Moorhead said on the Paul Finebaum show this week. “I’m really excited for November 22 to be a part of it.”
Of course, Moorhead isn’t a complete stranger to the importance and the ferocity of college football rivalries. He’s competed in some of the best north of the Mason-Dixon line.
“Coming down from State College and growing up in Pittsburgh we had the Backyard Brawl with Pitt and West Virginia and obviously Pitt-Penn State and being a part of that the last two years,” he said. “I think that’s what makes college football great where you have two great schools in close proximity of each other with passionate fan bases who believe strongly in their school.”
The Bulldogs were upset by rival Ole Miss in Starkville a year ago, so fans will be expecting Moorhead’s squad to return the favor in 2018. Moorhead also shed some light on what his offense will look like next season.
“When you talk about the two elements, the run game and the pass game, we would best be described as a run-based RPO run game coupled with a west coast-style passing game that has a willingness and an ability to, as you saw at Penn State, take shots down the field and try to stretch it horizontally as well as vertically,” Moorhead said.
Mississippi State opens the 2018 season at home against Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 1.
You can listen to Moorhead’s full interview on Finebaum here.