Yup. It’s official. With a high enough APR along with a couple of bowl vacancies, Mississippi State is able to make a bowl game this season.
Our @NCAA Academic Progress Rate is 971, which is 12 points higher than the national average!#ItJustMeansMore #HailState pic.twitter.com/HgGm3bUED8— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) December 4, 2016
Bowl Selection Sunday. 12 teams finished 5-7. @HailStateFB with 2nd-highest NCAA APR out of those - 12 pts better than nat. avg. #HailState pic.twitter.com/tgFwLznBU7— Bill Martin (@MSUBillMartin) December 4, 2016
With all of that, Mississippi State is officially going to the St. Petersburg Bowl as was reported last night by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. The Bulldogs will begin bowl preparation soon.
For a school-record 7th straight year, the Bulldogs are going bowling! Next Stop: @StPeteBowl!— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) December 4, 2016
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The Bulldogs will take on Miami (Ohio) in what is a program record of 7 straight bowl game appearances. Both teams are riding a bit of momentum into this game with Miami (Ohio) riding a 6 game winning streak (after starting the season 0-6) and the Bulldogs coming off of a November where they upset then 4th ranked Texas A&M and throttled Ole Miss 55-20.