For the first time since 1986, two top-15 football teams will take the field in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field as No. 12 Mississippi State puts its seven-game winning streak on the line against No. 6 Texas A&M at 11 a.m. CT Saturday live on ESPN.
Dave Pasch, Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill will call the action on ESPN. Live streaming video is also available on WatchESPN.com or through the Watch ESPN app (click here for the direct link).
SEC Nation, the SEC Network’s traveling college football morning show, will originate from the Junction beginning at 9 a.m. CT Saturday. The first 350 fans in attendance at the show will receive a free SEC Network t-shirt. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and wear maroon. MSU head coach Dan Mullen will make an appearance on the show following the Dawg Walk, and men’s basketball head coach Rick Ray will be featured as well.
The MSU Radio Network C Spire Tailgate Show goes live at 9 a.m. Jim Ellis, Matt Wyatt and John Correro will broadcast the game live to MSU Radio Network affiliates (check affiliates here). Members of HailStatePLUS can listen to live streaming audio at HailState.com.
The north end zone ticket office opens at 8 a.m. All gates of Davis Wade Stadium open at 9 a.m.
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Prior to the game, the 2014 Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame Class will officially be inducted on the field. The class includes former men’s basketball standout Rickey Brown and track and field national champion Tiffany McWilliams Dudley. There will be a tribute to Jack Cristil, the late legendary “Voice of the Bulldogs” with a missing man formation flyover.
MSU (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) has had nearly two weeks to prepare for a potent Texas A&M offense that is ranked in the top five nationally in four different categories. Following a monumental 34-29 win at No. 8 LSU on Sept. 20, the Bulldogs practiced three times during an open week and are in great shape health wise after another full week of practice.
“We are excited about this matchup,” said Mullen. “It is a great challenge for us. They are one of the top teams in the nation. It’s going to be a great atmosphere. They have an explosive offense, probably the top offense in the nation. They have skill players at every position and they are deep and athletic. We are hoping our fans give us a home field advantage.”
The Aggies (5-0, 2-0) rallied in the final minutes last Saturday for a 35-28 win over Arkansas in Arlington, Texas. Saturday’s matchup will feature two of the nation’s elite quarterbacks in Dak Prescott and Kenny Hill. Prescott has put up a nation-leading three consecutive games of at least 200-yards passing and 100-yards rushing.
Hill and Prescott are one and two in the SEC in total offense, averaging 376.2 and 335.5 yards per game, respectively.
On the ground, MSU’s Josh Robinson ranks third in the league with 121.2 yards rushing per game. Jameon Lewis leads a versatile Bulldog receiving corps with 15 catches for 223 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, All-America candidate Benardrick McKinney has racked up 27 total tackles, including five for loss.
The last time two top-15 teams met in Davis Wade Stadium was Oct. 25, 1986 when No. 7 Auburn defeated No. 13 MSU. The Bulldogs seek to continue a winning streak that is currently the sixth-longest in school history. The current seven-game winning streak is also the nation’s third longest behind only Florida State and Oklahoma.
A&M holds a slim 4-3 advantage all-time against MSU. The Aggies won a 51-41 shootout in College Station last season. Prescott accounted for 303 yards of total offense and entered the game on the third drive.