STARKVILLE, Miss. (MSU Athletics) – Home tilts against Arkansas, Texas A&M, Auburn and Missouri highlight the 2020 Mississippi State football schedule as the Southeastern Conference unveiled the full slate of 2020 games on Wednesday.
Four out of the first five contests will be played in Davis Wade Stadium, including the first-ever matchup with New Mexico to open the year on Sept. 5.
The Bulldogs then trek to Raleigh, North Carolina, for the first time since Oct. 26. 1940, to face North Carolina State in a non-conference Power Five matchup. It will be the seventh meeting between the two schools and the first since MSU’s 51-28 victory in the 2015 Belk Bowl in Dak Prescott’s final collegiate game.
A three-game homestand begins on Sept. 19 when the Bulldogs open SEC play against Arkansas. It will be the earliest meeting ever between the two schools in a series that has been played every year since 1992. Of the previous 29 meetings, 28 of them have occurred during the month of November.
The Bulldogs welcome Tulane to Starkville on Sept. 26 for the first time since 2006 before hosting Texas A&M on Oct. 3. An Oct. 10 open date precedes a massive three-game SEC West stretch, including back-to-back road contests at Alabama on Oct. 17 and at LSU on Oct. 24. It will be the earliest meeting on the calendar with Alabama since Oct. 3, 1942.
Those contests follow consecutive SEC home games with Auburn on Halloween and Missouri’s first-ever trip to Starkville on Nov. 7. The Bulldogs’ home finale will be on Nov. 21 against Alabama A&M.
Two of the final three contests will be on the road beginning with Kentucky on Nov. 14 in Lexington and concluding with the annual Egg Bowl on Thursday, Nov. 26 in Oxford. It will be the fourth consecutive year that State and Ole Miss face off on Thanksgiving.
The 2020 SEC season culminates with the SEC Championship Game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 5. It will be the 29th edition of the game and the 27th in the city of Atlanta.
2020 Mississippi State Football Schedule
Date Opponent Location
Sept. 5 NEW MEXICO Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Sept. 12 at North Carolina State Raleigh, N.C. (Carter-Finley Stadium)
Sept. 19 ARKANSAS * Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Sept. 26 TULANE Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Oct. 3 TEXAS A&M * Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Oct. 10 Open
Oct. 17 at Alabama * Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Bryant-Denny Stadium)
Oct. 24 at LSU * Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)
Oct. 31 AUBURN * Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Nov. 7 MISSOURI * Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Nov. 14 at Kentucky * Lexington, Ky. (Kroger Field)
Nov. 21 ALABAMA A&M Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Nov. 26 (Thu.) at Ole Miss * Oxford, Miss. (Vaught-Hemingway Stadium)
* – denotes SEC game