The stage is set for the first matchup of two top-five teams in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field history as No. 3 Mississippi State hosts No. 2 Auburn at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday on CBS. ESPN College GameDay makes its first appearance in Starkville live from the Junction at 8 a.m.
This week MSU earned its highest poll rankings ever. Its previous best was No. 7 in the Associated Press poll on Oct. 31, 1981. The Bulldogs also received two first-place votes this week.
MSU is coming off back-to-back wins over top-10 teams for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs have put up at least 34 points in every game this season, including a 48-31 win over No. 6 Texas A&M last Saturday.
Dak Prescott accounted for 356 yards of total offense, 5 TDs in the win.
MSU and Auburn meet for the 88th time and the first time as both top-five opponents. The Tigers lead the all-time series 61-24-2 and have claimed five of the last six meetings. This is the first time since Sept. 10, 2011 that both teams will be ranked when facing each other. Auburn leads the series in Starkville with a 12-5-1 mark. The Bulldogs, however, won the last meeting between the two teams in Starkville, 28-10, in 2012.
In a tough ending last year for the Bulldogs, Mississippi State fell 24-20 in the final minute to Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the 2013 Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. Auburn jumped out to an 11-0 lead on a 40-yard field goal and 76-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Quan Bray before MSU climbed back into the contest in the second quarter, trailing only 14-13 at halftime. MSU got on the scoreboard with just over four minutes remaining in the opening quarter as Jameon Lewis ran for a 14-yard touchdown. Auburn answered with a field goal to make it a 14-6 advantage, but the Bulldogs responded again, this time on a five-yard touchdown run by quarterback Dak Prescott.
In the second half, State seemed to take control of the contest, taking a 20-14 lead in the third quarter on a Prescott two-yard touchdown run. The defense helped turn the game around, holding the Tigers to just 18 yards during the third frame. Clinging to a 20-17 advantage with under a minute to play, Auburn drove the length of the field and scored the game-winning touchdown with 10 second to play on an 11-yard toss from Marshall to C.J. Uzomah. Despite the setback, Prescott became the first MSU quarterback to reach 200 passing yards (213) and 100 rushing yards (133) in a game since Chris Relf (224 passing, 103 rushing) against Arkansas in 2010.
Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen is 1-4 all time against the Tigers.