Fan Base Face Off: Aggies vs. Bulldogs

The sleeper game of the week,Texas A&M and Mississippi State, gets going early Saturday in Starkville and one thing’s for sure: the tailgating will begin early as well! The Aggie faithful will arrive ready to throw some spice on the scene in Mississippi where the Bulldogs are no stranger to a big party at The Junction.

Texas A&M Aggies

Food: As early as this game kicks off you might find a few Denver Omelets being made in Starkville. Still, Texans have a tailgating reputation above reproach so you can also expect to see other delicacies such as spicy queso and layered bean dip for starters. Tums are totally acceptable before noon. No tailgate is complete without wings and the Twelfth Man has a killer recipe with chipotle, honey, ground red pepper, hot sauce and lime zest. Bring napkins. Expect to see other southwest classics like fajitas, churros and just about every cut of meat there is.

Entertainment: The Midnight Yell in Starkville will kick off the festivities for Aggie fans on Friday night. Afterwards, visitors and locals can check out the nightlife in College Station. Hurricane Harry’s, Daisy Duke’s and Murphy’s Law in nearby Bryan, TX are three of the most popular watering holes around with live music and dancing. Families can also find a good time during the day at Grand Station Entertainment and Zoomz Paintball in College Station.

Location: Back home in College Station, tailgating is a privilege and responsible fans can start setting up as early as 6 a.m. before game day. Most of the space around Kyle Field is fair game, but the University asks that certain areas be kept private like Memorial Student Center lawn, Simpson Drill Field (except in designated locations), the All Faiths Chapel grounds and on Penberthy Intramural Fields. Drinking is also prohibited on these grounds.

2014 Outlook: The Aggies shocked everyone out of the gate in 2014 with a huge win at South Carolina. The enter Saturday’s contest undefeated and relatively unchallenged, but expect that to change once they hit Davis Wade Stadium. Kenny Hill leads Kevin Sumlin’s high-flying offense with numbers that rival (and sometimes eclipse) those of Johnny Manziel’s Heisman season. The Bulldog defense is a surly group, but their weakness is in the secondary where the Aggies try to attack the most. Expect a great game and possibly the best game of the entire day. And with six Top 25 matchups on deck, that title doesn’t come easy.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

Food: Wake up with a Bulldog Bloody Mary and fire up the grill at the Junction with some of these local favorites. The buttermilk cornbread already has everyone’s mouth watering, but go ahead and cascade some black bean dip over the top with some pepper jack or mixed cheese blend. Lord have mercy. Mississippi Hush Puppies and fresh-cut oven fries are also a great starter dishes while the meat simmers on the grill and the beer gets cold. For dessert? Look no further than some Mississippi Mud Cookies with pecans and marshmallows cooked in. That’s a lot of happy Bulldogs.

Entertainment: Different departments and groups take turns providing entertainment for the masses at The Junction and this Saturday is the College of Business’ turn. It’ll take place on the west side of McCool Hall starting at 8 a.m. where food and entertainment will be provided. However, Bulldogs arriving the day before should definitely hit up the Bulldog Bash starting at 7 p.m. on University Drive in front of the Cotton District Fountain. Entry is free and MSU’s Student Association welcomes Justin Moore, The Dirty Guv'nahs, Drake White and the Big Fire, and Tanner Gray to Starkville.

Location: The Junction is tailgating Valhalla for Bulldog fans and an exclusive location at that. University rules designate that no tailgates can be put up prior to 4 p.m. the day before a game. This sets up a mad dash for home fans and visitors to claim their turf once “Hail State” starts playing over the loudspeakers.

2014 Outlook: This Bulldog team is arguably the best squad Dan Mullen has put on the field since arriving in 2008. They also come into Saturday’s contest undefeated on the heels of a stunning victory over LSU in Death Valley--Mullen’s first victory over the Bengal Tigers. In what may be the biggest Saturday in recent Mississippi sports history, the Bulldogs, led by QB Dak Prescott, will look to make a statement against a Top 10 team and stay on par with Ole Miss who welcomes the Alabama Crimson Tide directly after the MSU-A&M game. Prepare to be blown away as Week 6 offers something for every college football fan.

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