Today on the SEC Network, the 2016 SEC football schedules were released. Here is what's in store for the Bulldogs next year.
- 3rd: South Alabama
- 10th: South Carolina
- 17th: at LSU
- 24th: at UMass
- 8th: Auburn
- 15th: at BYU
- 22nd: at Kentucky
- 29th: Samford
- 5th: Texas A&M
- 12th: at Alabama
- 19th: Arkansas
- 26th: at Ole Miss
Mississippi State will be looking to make its 7th straight bowl game in 2016, which would extend the longest streak in school history, but it won't be easy.
The Bulldogs will be tested immediately with four SEC games in the first seven games, and one of those non-conference foes is a trip to BYU, which is a program that will be making its 11th straight bowl appearance this season.
In my opinion, the one thing that stands out is the road slate. This stretch of road games could be the toughest in the country. LSU, BYU, Kentucky, Alabama, and Ole Miss are all on the road. Along with that, Davis Wade Stadium will be the site of only six games, as opposed to seven in recent years. The last minute scheduling of UMass, a game to be played on September 24th in Foxborough, is the reason for this.
Mississippi State's bye week will be on October 1st, coming after the trip to UMass and before a home game with SEC foe Auburn.
As usual, it is a very difficult slate for Mississippi State in 2016, especially with the addition of BYU in the non-conference. It will be interesting to see how the Bulldogs, with a new starting quarterback, will perform against such a tough schedule.