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#17 Bulldogs host #2 Alabama

Big weekend? Yeah, one can say so. Big enough that Bulldog fans can use a detailed schedule of Saturday events as #17 Mississippi State hosts #2 Alabama.

This Western Division showdown serves as an elimination game with the survivor staying in the race to Atlanta and the SEC Championship game. The game has been a sellout since summer but already Friday ‘sidewalk capitalists’ were at work. There should be a healthy market around them all afternoon and evening.

And, well into the morning With a 2:38 kickoff for CBS, the Fan Fair officially opens at 11:30am. Though of course the Junction and surrounding campus areas will be thronged well before then, with not a few students planning overnight stays outside the stadium.

For convenience, here is the timetable for pre-game, first half recognitions, and halftime ceremonies.

11:30am Fan Fair opens; the Stadium Ticket Office also opens.

12:15pm Davis Wade Stadium gates open

12:30 Dawg Walk and pre-game field stroll by Bulldog players

1:08 Mississippi State takes the field for warm-ups.

1:38 60-minute Clock Countdown begins

2:17 Teams leave the field

2:18 Honorary Captain recognition

2:22 Purple Heart recognition

2:27 Moment of Silence for Keith Joseph family

2:27 National Anthem, sung by crowd without accompaniment; and fly-over

2:35 Coin toss

2:38 Kickoff


First Quarter, Second timeout: Military Recognition

End First Quarter, 360 degree Photo taken of Stadium

Second Quarter, First timeout: Bradford Freeman (Band of Brothers) Recognition

Second Quarter, Third timeout: Miss Mississippi recognition

Second Quarter, Fourth timeout: members of 1980 Bulldog team unable to attend September ceremony are recognized

Halftime: Wounded Warriors recognition

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