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Mississippi State releases full 2013 football schedule, including 7 home games

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.

Butch Dill

Mississippi State has released the full 2013 football schedule, shortly following the SEC's release of the full conference schedule for 2013. State's schedule sets up as pretty as you could want it to if you're a State fan, as there will be a neutral site game, the coveted 7 home games, a trip to South Carolina, and another challenging November. Well, we may not all want the challenging November. The schedule looks as follows:

Opponent

Location

Date

Oklahoma State Houston, Texas (Reliant Stadium) August 31, 2013
Alcorn State Starkville, Mississippi September 7, 2013
Auburn Auburn, Alabama September 14, 2013
Troy Starkville, Mississippi September 21, 2013
BYE WEEK September 28, 2013
LSU Starkville, Mississippi October 5, 2013
Bowling Green Starkville, Mississippi October 12, 2013
BYE WEEK October 19, 2013
Kentucky Starkville, Mississippi October 26, 2013
South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina November 2, 2013
Texas A&M College Station, Texas
November 9, 2013
Alabama Starkville, Mississippi November 16, 2013
Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas
November 23, 2013
Ole Miss
Starkville, Mississippi November 30, 2013

all home games in bold

State's schedule, in addition to 7 home games and a neutral site game, also features two bye weeks, which is something we certainly haven't seen in awhile. Overall, the schedule shapes up to be a little bit more balanced than the 2012 schedule, with Oklahoma State and LSU included in the first half of the season. Looking tentatively at the schedule, if State could win the opener in Houston and beat what should be a down Auburn team on the road, things could shape up for a big home showdown with LSU in the 5th game of the season. State would also be going into that game off of a bye week, which doesn't hurt either.

State's schedule also keeps Kentucky as the Bulldogs' cross-divisional permanent rival, and adds South Carolina as the temporary east matchup. State was slated to make this trip to Columbia in the 2012 season, but the addition of A&M and Missouri caused that return trip to be postponed. State will also visit College Station for the first time since A&M joined the SEC, and the Dogs will again face Arkansas in the decrepit tobacco stained War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock (yay!).