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Mississippi State was a College Football Playoff contender, but slipped down the rankings.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs play Division I college football for Mississippi State University in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Bulldogs play their home games in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in Starkville, MS. Mississippi State is coached by Dan Mullen. The Bulldogs' main rivals include Ole Miss, Alabama and Kentucky.
Mississippi State's football program began in 1914.The Bulldogs do not have a lot of championship hardware in their trophy case, but have produced a number of standout players that include 38 All-Americans and 124 National Football League Players. Mississippi State's most recent title came in 1998 when they won the SEC West division. The Bulldogs had an impressive 2010 campaign; they finished 9-4, were ranked 15th in the Associate Press poll, beat Georgia and Florida in the same season for the first time in school history and toppled Michigan, 52-14 in the Gator Bowl.
Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field
Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field is located at Lee Boulevard and Moore Road in Starkville, MS. The playing service was named for Don Magruder Scott, an Olympic sprinter and an MSU football standout. The stadium is named after Floyd Davis Wade, whose financial contributions made the stadium's 2002 expansion possible. The stadium has a capacity of 55,082; about 15,000 more seats than before the '02 expansion. The stadium's largest crowd was 58,103 in 2009 for a contest against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
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3/25/15: In a curious move, the SEC decided that independent schools Notre Dame, BYU and Army would count as Power 5 schools, thereby appeasing the conference rules of scheduling Power 5 opponents. Notre Dame and BYU make sense, but Army has not been a good football program in years. In any case, Mississippi State has scheduled a home and home series with BYU for 2016 and 2017. Of course, the Bulldogs' schedule does not need any padding. Playing in the SEC West is a gauntlet that few teams have to go through, and even less can survive.
3/18/15: There is a reason that coaches and fans alike fear those stretches of time when players have a lot of free time. There is a good chance for them to get into trouble. Such was the case with Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott and two other Bulldogs' players were assaulted at a concert during spring break in Panama City. Prescott was left bloodied and bruised, but has declined to press charges. The trio went back to Starkesville, and fortunately, none sustained serious injuries. There has been no indication of what started the assault, though Prescott maintains that some young men started harassing them.
3/4/15: Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullin has done a tremendous job in building up the Mississippi State football program since being hired in 2008. He had been an assistant at Florida under Urban Meyer, and has shown that he can run the whole show. His record at MSU is 46-31 over six seasons, including a few weeks ranked No. 1 last season (the first time in school history). The school has rewarded him with an extension that runs through the 2018 season and a pay raise to almost $4.3 million per year. Smart move by the Bulldogs, as Mullin would be considered a top candidate for almost any job in the country.
2/11/15: It is not a proper revenge, but it is a bragging right for today. While Ole Miss won the Egg Bowl back in November, Mississippi State finished better in the recruiting battle this season with the 16th ranked class according to Rivals. Ole Miss was 21st. Most of the SEC and all of the SEC West did very well this recruiting class, with Arkansas being the lowest ranked SEC West team at #25. That speaks volumes about the competitive nature of the division and why it is the best division in all of college football, hands down.
2/4/15: In the final weekend of recruiting before National Signing Day, when every program is out on the road putting the finishing touches on their 2015 class, Mississippi State was ranked an impressive 17th overall by Rivals. In fact, all seven SEC West teams were ranked in the top 25, as well as three SEC East teams. The Bulldogs should have a pretty big recruiting class with 27 players committing either orally or with letters of intent. Almost all of them are from Mississippi, Alabama or Tennessee. One nice piece of bragging rights - Mississippi State is expected to have a better class than Ole Miss, who is ranked 24th.
1/28/15: Mississippi State is another SEC team that is enjoying a strong recruiting period this year. With about a week to go before National Signing Day, the Bulldogs have the 16th ranked recruiting class. In fact, all seven SEC West teams are in the top 25, with Alabama pacing the way at No. 1. Mississippi State has done very well in the junior college recruiting efforts, landing three of the top 26 available. While not as sexy as the high school recruits, JUCO transfers are often more mature and understand what they need to do to be successful since they have had a year or two more life experience.
1/21/14: Mississippi State got some good news last week as it was revealed that starting quarterback Dak Prescott will return for his senior season. Prescott had a great 2014 campaign and even got the Bulldogs to their first every number one ranking. His breakout season was highlighted with 3,449 yards, 27 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions. He also ran for almost 1,000 yards and 14 more touchdowns. Reviews are mixed about Prescott's ability to be successful in the NFL, but another year will give him a chance to hone his skills and keep MSU going at a strong pace.
1/14/15: The Bulldogs had an unexpected rise toward the top of the SEC West this past season, a season which included them being ranked number one overall for a few weeks, which was the first time that had ever happened in school history. Now, the expectations are growing in Starksville as Mississippi State looks to continue their rise up the college ranks. With that usually comes defections from underclassmen to the NFL, so it was not surprising that linebacker Benardrick McKinney declared for the draft, especially since he is viewed as a first round pick. Interesting item about McKinney, who led the team in tackles for the last two seasons, is that he came to MSU as a quarterback.
1/7/15: Getting to play in the Orange Bowl does not come around too often for Mississippi State. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs could not take advantage of this rare opportunity, and like many fellow SEC West schools, were upset. MSU was up against ACC runner-up Georgia Tech, who runs the triple-option offense. The Bulldogs simply had no answer to the unconventional rushing attack and gave up 452 yards on the ground to the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech would go on to win 49-34. But at least Mississippi State took a big step forward this season, one that can be the basis for a top program well into the future.
12/3/14: Mississippi State had a wonderful season and were ranked in the top four of the playoff committee's standings. Unfortunately, arch rival Ole Miss ruined the Bulldogs' chances at the playoffs with a 31-17 win in the Egg Bowl last Saturday. Head coach Dan Mullin said after the game anyhow that he did not think MSU would had a chance at the playoffs anyhow because they would have supplanted at least on conference champion, which would have set a bad precedent for future playoffs. The Bulldogs fell to 10-2 with the loss, which is still their best season ever, and will get them into a pretty good bowl game.
11/19/14: The dream season is not necessarily over, but there is certainly an obstacle in the road. The number one ranked Bulldogs faced Alabama in Tuscaloosa last weekend and hit their first roadblock with a 25-20 loss. Alabama controlled the first half, building up a 19-3 lead. Mississippi State battled back in the second half, but it was too little, too late. The loss sends the SEC West into chaos, not to mention how the college football playoff scenario is all shook up. But the season is not over for the Bulldogs, not by a longshot. they are stil 9-1 with a quality loss. They should get back on the winning side this week when they host Vanderbilt.
11/12/14: While several contending one-loss teams fell over the weekend (Notre Dame and Auburn come to mind right away), Mississippi State had nothing to worry about since they were hosting University of Tennessee - Martin. The No. 1 Bulldogs predictably blew out UTM 45-16, as it was just a glorified scrimmage. The real fun starts this weekend as we head into the final stretch. Mississippi State is now 9-0 and will put their playoff hopes on the line when they visit Alabama this Saturday. A loss does not necessarily knock them out of contention, but a win would go a long way to putting them in.
11/5/14: Even great teams struggle with lower-tiered squads on occasion, the trick is learning how to win. Such was the case for No. 1 Mississippi State last Saturday against Arkansas, who has not won an SEC game this season. The Razorbacks took a 10-0 lead and even held a three point advantage at half time. But the Bulldogs came back with 10 unanswered points in the second half to earn a 17-10 win. It was not Dak Prescott's best day, but his 311 yards passing, 61 yards on the ground and one touchdown were enough to escape Arkansas. There will be a bit less competition this Saturday as the Bulldogs host UT-Martin.
10/29/14: Mississippi State is in the heart of the soft part of their SEC schedule right now, so the important thing is to keep taking care of business and putting up wins. They did just that last Saturday at Kentucky, showcasing an efficient offense in a 45-31 win. QB Dak Prescott did not have his best day throwing by any means, throwing for only 216 yards, one TD and one INT. But he did put up 88 rushing yards and two scores. The running game was dominant overall. The Bulldogs combined for 326 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Mississippi State is now 7-0, 4-0 and is back home to face Arkansas this Saturday.
10/22/14: Mississippi State enjoyed a meteoric rise from being unranked (and ignored) to being the number one ranked team in the land. It only took five weeks to accomplish that feat, the fastest in generations. In that time, the team beat LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn - all top 10 teams, while quarterback Dak Prescott has emerged as the favorite for the Heisman Trophy. The Bulldogs enjoyed a much-deserved bye week last weekend but are back at it this Saturday in a road game with Kentucky. After that, the Bulldogs are back at home to host the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, November 1.
10/15/14: While Ole Miss may be proud of their No. 3 ranking, that is still two places behind new No. 1 Mississippi State. The Bulldogs made history by beating three top 8 ranked teams in successive weeks, bolting up the rankings from unranked to first overall. To recap, Miss State beat No. 8 LSU in Baton Rouge Then beat No. 6 Texas A&M at home and finished it off by trouncing No. 2 Auburn in Starkville, 38-23. Miss State is headed to Kentucky this weekend. But do not forget, if everything keeps going like it is now, then it may be No. 1 Mississippi State at No. 2 Mississippi for the Egg Bowl on November 29.