STARKVILLE, Miss. - For the third time in four years, Mississippi State will play seven home football games in 2012. The Southeastern Conference released its full schedule on Wednesday, and the Bulldogs will host league contests against Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee and new conference foe Texas A&M. Mississippi State will travel to Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss and Kentucky.
"We're happy to announce our full 2012 schedule and excited to again have seven home games for our great fans," Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin said. "The task of coordinating the scheduling of two additional teams was no small undertaking, and i want to thank Commissioner Slive and his entire staff for their tireless work in putting together this schedule."
Mississippi State's league opener will be against Auburn, as it has been each of the last three seasons and five of the last seven years. The Bulldogs next SEC contest will be at Kentucky on Oct. 6, marking only the fifth time since 1985 that State will play only one league game in September.
The Bulldogs will continue SEC action against Tennessee on Oct. 13 before ending the season with five straight league games - at Alabama, vs. Texas A&M, at LSU, vs. Arkansas and at Ole Miss.
As previously announced, the Bulldogs will open the 2012 season at home against in-state foe Jackson State on Sept. 1 and will host South Alabama on Sept. 22. Middle Tennessee will travel to Starkville for an Oct. 20 tilt. The lone road non-conference game will be at Troy on Sept. 15 with the Trojans returning the visit in 2013 and 2015.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 2012 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 1, Jackson State (Starkville)
Sept. 8, Auburn (Starkville)
Sept. 15, at Troy (Troy, Ala.)
Sept. 22, South Alabama (Starkville)
Oct. 6, at Kentucky (Lexington)
Oct. 13, vs. Tennessee (Starkville)
Oct. 20, Middle Tennessee (Starkville)
Oct. 27, at Alabama (Tuscaloosa)
Nov. 3, vs. Texas A&M (Starkville)
Nov. 10, at LSU (Baton Rouge)
Nov. 17, vs. Arkansas (Starkville)
Nov. 24, at Ole Miss (Oxford)