STARKVILLE - Devising a scouting report for Tulane has been quite the laborious task.
For starters, the Green Wave didn't play last week. And second, Bob Toledo was hired in the off-season to replace Chris Scelfo.
To put together some resemblance of a plan, the coaching staff has studied film from Toledo's stint with UCLA, which ended in 2002 with his dismissal following a 7-5 record.
"It's like wer're playing another first game," MSU coach Sylester Croom said. "There really are a lot of unknowns."
But he added there are some knowns, such as the defense returning eight starters and that Matt Forte returns at running back. Last year in Starkille, Forte rushed for 170 yards and one touchdown in the Wave's 32-29 victory.
Threadgill familiar with Dome
- Fifth-year senior Tyler Threadgill is the only MSU player that's played in the Superdome.
He played in 2003 when Jackie Sherrill was the head coach. He returned one kickoff in the 31-28 loss.
Change in routine
- Normally, MSU doesn't go to the opposing stadium until Saturday.
However, Croom said he'll take his team to the Superdome on Friday night to get the "awe" out of the way.
"We'll go straight to the Superdome, and all our players that have never seen the Dome or New Orleans can experience that so we can get that out of the way and focus on the business at hand," he said.
Change in policy
- Croom announced on Tuesday that quarterbacks' availability with the media will be limited to just Mondays.
"I want their total concentration to be on the game plan," Croom said. "Whatever questions need to be asked should be able to get done on Monday."
No other positions are affected.
- In road openers, MSU is 46-54-6. ... State leads the Tulane series, 29-26-2. ... The Bulldogs are 5-2 in the Superdome. ... MSU is 81061-3 against teams that currently make up Conference USA.
- Gregg Ellis