STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi State will be favored to win its first game of the season when Alcorn State comes to town.
The battered Bulldogs, who are dealing with injuries and a bruised ego in the aftermath of last week's loss to Oklahoma State, need to turn things around against the Braves.
Mississippi State (0-1) will be playing Alcorn State (1-0) for the second time in four seasons. The Bulldogs beat the Braves, who play at the Football Championship Subdivision level, 49-16 in 2010.
Sophomore Dak Prescott is expected to get his first career start at quarterback for Mississippi State while Tyler Russell recovers from a concussion he suffered against Oklahoma State.
The Bulldogs are also reshuffling the defense after losing starting safety Jay Hughes to a season-ending Achilles injury.