Lane Kiffin's Mississippi home debut was supposed to come against Southeast Missouri State. Mike Leach expected to start his first season at Mississippi State versus New Mexico.
Instead, both coaches - and their respective offenses - will encounter stiffer challenges in their Magnolia State debuts. Leach and the Bulldogs visit defending national champion and sixth-ranked LSU on Saturday, a challenge for his pass-happy Air Raid scheme.
Leach, whose team is a 17-point underdog in the Southeastern Conference matchup, doesn't mind the challenge especially after an offseason of uncertainty because of COVID-19.