The Bulldogs are guided by fifth-year head coach Sylvain Guichard, who has led MSU to NCAA bids in each of his first four seasons at the helm. In 2005, Guichard led the Bulldogs to a top-25 finish and their first winning record in the SEC since 2000. The Bulldogs have won 20 of the 21 total meetings against UAB and have won 12 straight in the series.
"We are excited about beginning another season," Guichard, who was named 2005 SEC Coach of the Year said. "We feel that with the guys we have coming back from last season and the addition of our newcomers, we can build on our success from last season and have another solid season."
Following Friday's matchup, MSU will travel to Jackson, Miss., to battle rival Mississippi on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. in the ninth- annual River Hills Cup. MSU will then return home on Feb. 17 to host South Alabama at 2 p.m.