Today’s Mississippi State-Samford matchup gives the Bulldogs from Starkville an opportunity to erase some frustrations from the past three games.
First, Auburn raced to a 35-point halftime lead and the Bulldogs never were a factor in the 38-14 loss. That was followed by a gut-wrenching double-overtime loss to BYU in Provo, Utah. Then things got worse.
Last week Kentucky’s Austin MacGinnis belted a 51-yard field goal as time expired for a 40-38 victory.
Samford arrives in Starkville ranked No. 19 in the FCS Top 25 with its only loss coming to No. 8 Chattanooga.
Here’s what you need to know about the Week 9 matchup.
What time is kickoff?
When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, Miss.
What TV channel is showing the game?
SEC Network is televising the game and you can watch it online at Watch ESPN. Also, you can listen to the game on SiriusXM 93/191.
Who is calling the game for SEC Network?
Dave Neal is handling play-by-play, Matt Stinchcomb is the game’s analyst and Olivia Harlan is sideline reporter.
3 things you should know
1. Mississippi State is looking to end a three-game losing streak on its homecoming day against FCS Samford. Would you be surprised to find out that this is the 19th time the pair of Bulldogs have met on the football field? It’s true — Mississippi State owns a 16-1-1 advantage with Samford’s victory coming in 1909 when the school was known as Howard. They haven’t played each other since Mississippi State won 43-0 in 1963.
2. How do the two Bulldogs match up on paper? Mississippi State is averaging 26.7 points per game (ranks 79th in FBS); Samford is scoring 40.6 (6th in FCS). Some other notable numbers:
Total offense: MSU (396.0, 77th), Samford (461.1, 11th)
Rushing offense: MSU (203.6, 38th), Samford (98.3, 109th)
Passing offense: MSU (192.4, 101st), Samford (362.9, 3rd)
Total defense: MSU (388.9, 56th), Samford (375.9, 52nd)
3. How likely is an upset? Samford is a very good FCS team, but Mississippi State doesn’t lose to FCS teams often. Under Dan Mullen, the Bulldogs are 7-0 vs. the FCS and the program has won 11 consecutive games against the division with the last loss occurring Sept. 18, 2004, against Maine.