The SEC published broadcast schedules for the first three weekends of the 2015 season today. As part of the league release, Mississippi State’s home opener with Louisiana State will be at 8:15 central. The game is to air on ESPN’s main network.
Also in the September scheduling, the SEC has assigned a 3:00 for State’s second home game. And the non-conference contest with Northwestern (La.) State will be shown on the SEC Network.
Mississippi State snapped a 14-year losing streak to the Tigers last September, by defeating the Tigers 34-29. That win, the first by a Bulldog team in Baton Rouge since 1991, vaulted State into the national rankings and put the program on-track to reach #1 in all polls after two more conference victories.
State’s last home-field win over a LSU team was in 1999. The 17-16 game was decided on a controversial dive across—it was ruled—the north goal line by fullback Rod Gibson. Tiger teams have won their last seven trips to Scott Field
Mississippi State and LSU have opened SEC seasons together before, but not since 2007.
State will open the full 2015 schedule on the road, and in a very late kickoff at Southern Mississippi. Conference USA and Fox Sports 1 set game time in Hattiesburg at 9:00pm. That will be Mississippi State’s first football appearance on FS1 in the network’s young tenure. The host school did not have final say in this scheduling, by the way.
There are no SEC games for the first weekend, reflecting all the inter-‘power 5’ league contests that have been arranged for TV purposes.
A limited late-May release by CBS of some selected games the network will have in their prime time slot this fall did not include Mississippi State.
Coach Dan Mullen and staff began their summer vacationing this week, with the last assistant leaving the Seal Complex today. Mullen has not planned any meetings with local media until July 14, when Mississippi State participates in the annual SEC Media Days. Mullen is participating in regional and national interviews either on radio or video links, which does not interrupt the head coach’s relax-and-recharge time a bit.
Mullen and three players, all seniors, who have been selected but are to be announced officially by the SEC Network in the near future, have drawn a Tuesday afternoon schedule in Hoover. One offensive and two defensive Dogs will speak for the program, and it better not require much deep thought for fans to figure who gets to represents the offense.