How has Mississippi State Performed in SEC Openers?

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

In an article that may not be for the faint of heart, here is a look at Mississippi State's track record in SEC openers.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs open up their 2013 SEC season with a matchup at 6 p.m. on the road against the Auburn Tigers.  The Tigers have been a common SEC opener foe for Mississippi State, as the Bulldogs have played Auburn in 13 SEC openers, and their games have been played in places such as Starkville, Auburn, Birmingham and Montgomery.

In all, the Bulldogs have not had much success opening SEC play against Auburn, going 2-11 in such games.  Mississippi State's first win to open SEC play against Auburn came in 1945 in Birmingham.  It would be 2012 before the Bulldogs won such a game against Auburn again.

Curious as to how Mississippi State has done in other SEC openers? Here you go:

Tennessee

4-10-1

Vanderbilt

5-3

Alabama

0-2

Auburn

2-11

Florida

8-14-1

LSU

1-7

Tulane

1-0**Former Member of the SEC

Georgia

0-4

South Carolina

2-2

Kentucky

1-0

Ole Miss

0-0

Texas A&M

0-0

Arkansas

0-0

Missouri

0-0

In all, Mississippi State is 24-53-2 in SEC openers.

So of all the SEC opening foes faced by Mississippi State, the Bulldogs only have a winning record against Tulane, who no longer plays in the SEC and Kentucky.  The Bulldogs have broken even with South Carolina in SEC openers for the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State has played Florida the most in SEC openers with 23 games, and the Bulldogs picked up their first SEC opening win against Florida in Starkville in 1938.

Mississippi State's first SEC opponent was Tennessee, who defeated Mississippi State in Knoxville in 1933.  Of note, the Bulldogs and Volunteers played to a 0-0 tie against Tennessee in 1960.

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