The Magnolia State enjoyed weeks worth of focus as the center of college football in 2014. However, Brett McMurphy and Mark Schlabach of ESPN have already released their four-month early bowl projections for the upcoming season, and while Mississippi State, according to the projections, will go bowling yet again, the destination proves to be much less exciting.
McMurphy, who correctly predicted Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon to play in the College Football Playoffs in 2014, has picked Ohio State, Auburn, TCU and Southern California to play in the tournament. Schlabach, who last year correctly picked Alabama and Florida State to be playoff participants, has picked Ohio State, Auburn, TCU and Oregon to make the tournament.
With the Bulldogs out of the running for a spot in the playoffs, Mississippi State fans would hope to see the Maroon and White in a different New Year's Six game, but those hopes are left unanswered in these projections.
Instead, McMurphy has Mississippi State headed to Nashville to face the Michigan Wolverines in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. This matchup would send Mississippi State back to a bowl destination from three years ago against a bowl opponent from five years ago.
Schlabach also has the Bulldogs headed to the Volunteer State, but to Memphis for a berth in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Kansas State. The Bulldogs played Rice in the Liberty Bowl two years ago, and Mississippi State has Kansas State on the schedule for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.