Tangent must be Mike Leach’s center identify, not Charles, which doesn’t appear to suit.

He went off on one Saturday, however he did simply maybe flip his Mississippi State’s group again round with a 26-22 win at falling quick Texas A&M. And he’s open this week earlier than the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-1 SEC) host No. 1 Alabama (5-0, 2-0) on Oct. 16.

Leach additionally received for the fourth outing of his final 5 video games at Texas A&M’s 102,733-seat Kyle Field.

“It’s always good to win at Kyle Field, and I’ve done it more than most people have,” he mentioned.

Leach is 4-2 in Kyle Field — 1-0 as Mississippi State’s coach and 3-2 as Texas Tech’s coach from 2000-09. His “Air Raid” offenses — developed as offensive coordinator at Iowa Wesleyan, Valdosta State, Kentucky and Oklahoma — are likely to put up factors in bunches there. His Texas Tech group received 48-47 at Kyle in 2002, 31-27 in 2006 and 43-25 in 2008.

Mississippi State safety Fred Peters (38) gets by Texas A;M wide receiver Ainias Smith (0) after an interception during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in College Station, Texas.

Mississippi State security Fred Peters (38) will get by Texas A;M extensive receiver Ainias Smith (0) after an interception through the first quarter of an NCAA faculty soccer recreation, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in College Station, Texas.
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“It’s awesome to win at Kyle Field,” he mentioned. “Kyle Field’s one of the greatest places. I’d be willing to hear your list if you wanted to offer it of better stadiums to play, but if this is below that top five, I mean you’re going to have to get another line of work. It’s not going to be better than this.”

Leach has additionally been fairly good in opposition to A&M elsewhere. When he was Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator in 1999, the Sooners received 51-6 at dwelling in opposition to the Aggies. Texas Tech beat visiting A&M, 59-28, in 2003, 56-17 in 2005 and 35-7 in 2007.

STARTING 11: ALABAMA AND GEORGIA VS. THE WORLD EDITION

But there’s something about Kyle Field to him.

Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach calls plays to his offense on the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in College Station, Texas.

Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach calls performs to his offense on the sphere through the second half of an NCAA faculty soccer recreation on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in College Station, Texas.
(AP Photo/Sam Craft)

“It’s not going to get better than this,” he mentioned. “Saying there’s better than Texas A&M, good luck with that as far as game day environments.”

He even likes that east Texas warmth.

“I knew it would be a hot game, and it always is here,” he mentioned. “I get a kick out of how some places in the traditional SEC think they’re hot. But Texas A&M’s really hot.”

Then the tangent hit.

“I remember a lady, she lived in San Luis Obispo, California,” he mentioned of the vacationer vacation spot identified for vineyards and Spanish structure 90 minutes south of Santa Barbara close to the coast. “She lived there her whole life. She said, ‘I’m tired of this. I can’t wait to get out of this little town — this little hick town.’ She thought she was going to a big city — somewhere more scenic.”

Leach is aware of California. He is a local of Susanville within the northeast nook of the state, and his first teaching job was on the offensive line in 1987 at Cal Poly, which is situated in San Luis Obispo.

“Look, it doesn’t get much more scenic than San Luis Obispo,” he mentioned. “It’s a little bit like Kyle Field — stadium-environment wise.”

That is what is known as a attain. San Luis Obispo and Kyle Field are in no way alike. In reality, Kyle Field’s inhabitants on Saturdays when the Aggies are house is greater than twice as giant as San Luis Obispo.

But Leach’s level — in his thoughts — is that Kyle Field’s recreation day expertise may be very cool and could also be a tad underrated in contrast with extra well-known stadiums within the SEC.

Either that, or he’s subtley campaigning for the Texas A&M job and a return to Texas. He is in Starkville.

The 3-2 Aggies are 0-2 within the SEC for the primary time since they joined the SEC in 2012 in yr 4 of Jimbo Fisher and his $7.5 million annual wage. And with Alabama coming as 17.5 favorite, according to FanDuel, the Aggies will likely be 0-3 in a convention for the primary time since 2008 within the Big 12.

Fisher is 29-12 total with A&M and 17-10 within the SEC. Previous coach Kevin Sumlin was 33-11 and 15-11 by way of 5 video games of his fourth season in 2015.

Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach reacts during the first half against the Memphis Tigers at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach reacts through the first half in opposition to the Memphis Tigers at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
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“We’ve got to coach better and find ways to help them just find their plays,” Fisher mentioned after the loss to State, repeating a lot of what he mentioned about his lackluster offense after a 20-10 loss to Arkansas the previous week.

“I know it sounds like,” Fisher mentioned, then audibled out of a cuss phrase. “But that’s it.”

After A&M loses to Alabama, which is able to convey coach Nick Saban’s record against former assistants to an excellent two dozen, Fisher may have an opportunity to complete robust. The schedule lightens with a visit to Missouri (2-3, 0-2), dwelling video games in opposition to South Carolina (3-2, 0-2) and common Auburn (4-1, 1-0) and street journeys to Ole Miss (3-1, 0-1) and struggling LSU (3-2, 1-1) round a house recreation in opposition to Prairie View.

“We have to become a good football team,” Fisher mentioned. “Let’s line up an keep playing and see where the year takes us.”

Leach, in the meantime, has seen enchancment.

“I think we should have won the last two games, to be honest with you,” he mentioned of losses to LSU, 28-25, and to Memphis, 31-29. “I think we took a step today. We’ve got a ways to go, but we took a step.”