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Mississippi State v. Georgia Tech: A Preview of the Orange Bowl

SOUTH BEACH, Fla.–South Beach may be a lot warmer than Mississippi or Atlanta this time of year, but the weather is not so much what State fans are looking at one day out from the Capital One Orange Bowl. It’s whether State has the focus.

Matt Wyatt is in Florida to cover the game and says the team and its individual players will have to make the focus happen when they get to the field Wednesday night.

“Nobody really knows. It’s probably going to be to one extreme or the other,” he said from his motel by phone, on Head to Head. “I don’t think there’s any middle ground, emotionally or mentally.”

“They’re either gonna be really extremely focused or emotionally up and ready to play because they’re not in the college playoffs. Or, they’re not gonna be up for it at all. I’m interested to see because if you’re not up for the game, and you’re Mississippi State, then Georgia Tech’s gonna beat you.”


Wyatt, himself a former player, said that sometimes a player’s worst fears happen.

“Inexplicably you’re flat. And you just are. And you play that way. Sometimes it just happens, and Mississippi State can’t afford that against Georgia Tech.”

Catch the game on TV on ESPN Wednesday night at 7.

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