This would give MSU a Thursday night home game for the 5th time since the 2005 season. State did not have such a game this season.
More importantly, a Thursday night game against Kentucky (would be on October 24) would give the Bulldogs 12 days to prepare for the Wildcats after Bowling Green on October 12, and 9 days to prepare for a tough road trip to Columbia to face the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Shortly after the SEC released the full 2013 conference schedule, MSU released the official full schedule for the Bulldogs for 2013, which includes 7 home games, a neutral site opener, LSU in early October, a trip to South Carolina, and more.
Several weeks ago when we found out that Mississippi State would be opening the 2013 season against Oklahoma State in Houston, many were worried about State being able to fulfill a 7-game home schedule, which is the desirable number in college football these days. Shortly after the announcement of the neutral site game, AD Scott Stricklin tweeted that the Bulldogs would, in fact, have a 7 game home schedule, and the final piece of that puzzle was announced today.
We'll still have 7 home games at #DavisWade in 2013, which is important. More details about '13 slate in coming weeks. #HailState
Mississippi State will swap a game against Alabama Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham next fall for a home game against Alcorn State at home, the school announced today. Well, officially the school just announced the game with Alcorn, but it is assumed (with high degree of probability, seeing as the UAB game was to be on the same day) that this game will replace the aforementioned trip to Birmingham to face the Blazers. Brandon Marcello of the Clarion-Ledger says he expects that announcement sometime in the coming weeks.
To me this is nothing but a win-win situation: State gets 7 home games, gets a fantastic opening game neutral site matchup, and is giving money now to an in-state school, which you always love to see. Stricklin had this to say in that regard:
"It remains important to us to schedule teams from the state of Mississippi," Stricklin said. "We've played Jackson State and Alcorn State and have Southern Miss on the schedule in coming years. We feel it benefits Mississippi State University, as well as our opponents and the state of Mississippi."
via Brandon Marcello's above linked blog post, the 2013 non-conference schedule now looks like this following today's announcement:
After numerous reports over the past several months, the Oklahoma State University athletics department finally confirms that Mississippi State and Oklahoma State will do battle to open the 2013 season in the inaugural Texas Kickoff Classic to be held in Houston, Texas at Reliant Stadium.