No. 24 Mississippi State faces Illinois with heavy hearts


              Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers, left, reflects on impact on his life by the late Mississippi State head football coach Mike Leach, while linebacker Nathaniel Watson, waits to speak during Leach's memorial service in Starkville, Miss., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. A montage of black-and-white photographs of Leach's tenure with the players was shown on the video boards during their comments. Leach died, Dec. 12, 2022, from complications related to a heart condition at 61. He was in his third year as head coach. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers, left, reflects on impact on his life by the late Mississippi State head football coach Mike Leach, while linebacker Nathaniel Watson, waits to speak during Leach's memorial service in Starkville, Miss., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Leach died, Dec. 12, 2022, from complications related to a heart condition at 61. He was in his third year as head coach. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
            
              FILE - Illinois head coach Bret Bielema watches against Michigan in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Illinois signed coach Bret Bielema to a new six-year contract through 2028 on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, a big reward for transforming a struggling program into a winner in his second season. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
            
              Current football players enter the memorial service for their late Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach, at Humphrey Coliseum on the university's campus in Starkville, Miss., Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022. Leach died, Dec. 12, 2022, from complications related to a heart condition at 61. He was in his third year as head coach. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
No. 24 Mississippi State faces Illinois with heavy hearts