Staff predictions for Texas' game against Mississippi State in Week 5

Texas Longhorns fans have been waiting for the first kickoff of an SEC game since the idea was introduced in 2022. When the Mississippi State Bulldogs come to town in Week 5 of the college football season, those dreams will become a reality for the Longhorns faithful.

Texas' first SEC conference game will be played at Darrell K Royal Stadium. Over 100,000 spectators stand proud and await the start of a new era. The Bulldogs want to make a statement for the conference and prove that the Longhorns can't just march in and take the upper hand immediately, but Texas has other plans.

Our staff has given their predictions for the Longhorns' first game in the SEC conference.

In their first official game as a member of the SEC, the Longhorns face a team that many consider to be bottom of the conference. New coach Jeff Lebby has his hands full, and the Horns will not make his first SEC away test easy for him. Texas wins by a wide margin.

Texas 38
State of Mississippi 21

It's hard to imagine this Bulldogs team being able to go into DKR and take a win away from the Longhorns this early in the season. Texas has built a top-four team in college football in 2024, and the Longhorns' experience overall will dwarf Mississippi State's newly formed squad. Quinn Ewers, Steve Sarkisian, and the rest of the Longhorns' offense are too strong to expect this game to go any way but south for the Bulldogs' defense, and I'm not confident former Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen can lead the Bulldogs past Texas.

Mrs State 10

Isa Almeida, Editor

The Longhorns have a lot to prove in this first SEC game. Mississippi State's 2023 season did not go as planned, with their only conference win being a 7-3 victory over Arkansas. Texas will have all the pressure, but also the home field advantage. I think the Longhorns are the stronger team of the two and will come away with a win.

Texas 28
MS State 7

Emma Hutchinson, Editor

Although the Bulldogs are aiming for a destructive offense this year, it may not be enough to take over Darrell K Royal Stadium. Texas' defense definitely has yet to perform at its peak, but Mississippi State's track record against higher-ranked opponents has not been good in the past.

Mrs State17