Friday evening, the SEC released the conference slate, and it’s one that has Rick Ray’s squad playing on the newly-launched SEC Network 12 times, Fox Sports Net four times and once each on ESPNU and ESPN/2.
In addition, the Bulldogs will play three Tuesday games on the SEC Network – Texas A&M (Jan. 13), at Tennessee (Feb. 3) and home versus Alabama (Feb. 10) – and a Thursday night showdown on Feb. 19 at Humphrey Coliseum against Ole Miss on ESPN or ESPN2.
“My hope is that by increasing our non-conference strength of schedule that it will prepare us to have more success in the SEC,” said Ray, now entering his third season at the helm. “Our SEC schedule is challenging, but any schedule in a power conference is going to be challenging. We now have experienced players and depth which bodes well for us in our endeavors to climb the SEC ladder.”
In the 18-game format, Mississippi State will play five teams twice and the other eight foes once. The teams MSU has home-and-home games with are Tennessee (Jan. 7 at home and Feb. 3 – SECN), Missouri (Feb. 14 on ESPNU and March 7 on the SECN at home), Vanderbilt (Jan. 17 on FSN at home and March 4 on SECN), Arkansas (Feb. 7 on SECN and Feb. 21 on FSN at home) and Ole Miss (Jan. 28 on SECN and Feb. 19 on ESPN/2).
The other eight games features road trips to Florida (Jan. 10 on FSN) and Auburn (Jan. 21 on SECN) before returning home on Jan. 24 to face Georgia (SECN). The Bulldogs close out the month of January with an SECN game against rival LSU at the Hump on the 31st.
In February, MSU plays host to Alabama (Feb. 10 on SECN) for the first time in two seasons, while also welcoming national runner-up Kentucky on the 25th on the SECN before traveling to South Carolina on the 28th (SECN).
Mississippi State opens the regular season at home Nov. 14 against Western Carolina at 5:30 p.m.