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State Hosts Green Wave in 2020, Visits New Orleans in 2023

The ill-will is in the past. Mississippi State and Tulane are renewing what once was an ‘original’ SEC football series with a pair of games contracted for the next decade.

Mississippi State announced today that Tulane will visit Scott Field in 2020 on October 3. The return-game will be in 2023 with the Bulldogs visiting New Orleans and playing for the first time in Tulane’s Yulman Stadium on October 7.

The programs were supposed to be playing this year. However, a year ago with no warning Tulane dumped their scheduled visit to Scott Field to take a three-game contract with Oklahoma. That deal included a visit by the Sooners to New Orleans, though some wonder if the game will be played at Oklahoma anyway when all is done.

Tulane will pay the contracted penalty for cancelling the MSU game. But Mississippi State was left scrambling for a replacement, and while athletic director Scott Stricklin did find a game it had to be a road trip.

Mississippi State is making the best of that by taking on UMass this September 24. And the game will be played not in Lowell, but in Foxboro at the NFL Patriots stadium.

The Tulane administration which dumped State, admittedly for a financial windfall, has left. The new administration has wanted to deal with Stricklin and State and now a couple of games are secured. Or as secure as any non-conference dates can be these days.

“It’s been a pleasure working with Tulane AD Tory Dannen to renew the longstanding football series between the Bulldogs and the Green Wave,” Stricklin said in a provided release. “New Orleans is a great destination for our Bulldog fans and a place we hope to get to more often in the future.”

Once upon a distant time the teams played regularly, when Tulane was a member of the SEC. After Tulane left the league after the 1965 season.

Mississippi State and Tulane did not play from then until 1982, starting a 12-year series. They also played from 2003-07, with State winning the most recent game 38-17 in the Superdome in 2007.

State leads the series 30-26-2, though 15 of Tulane’s wins came prior to the SEC organizing for 1932.

With these games contracted, Mississippi State's schedules for the next eight years are that much closer to completion. State still needs a non-conference home game for 2018; both home and road non-league games for 2019; and a home game for 2021. There is no need to schedule another P5 league game though, as there are home-and-homes already booked with Brigham Young 2016-17; Kansas State 2018-19; North Carolina State 2020-21; and Arizona 2022-23. In all four cases State will play the road game first.

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