For Mississippi State and Miami Ohio, the St. Petersburg Bowl is finally here.
Coming off a huge Egg Bowl win that brought the Bulldogs to 5-7 record, Mississippi State will once again play postseason football.
Mississippi State, who will be the first of 12 SEC teams to take the field for a bowl game this postseason, play the 6-6 RedHawks of Miami Ohio. After dropping their first six games, the Redhawks finished the season on a six-game winning streak.
Mississippi State vs. Miami Ohio: St. Petersburg Bowl game time, details
Time: 11 a.m. ET kickoff
Date: Monday, Dec. 26
Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Weather: Indoor stadium
The line: Mississippi State is a 13.5-point favorite.
What TV channel is the St. Petersburg Bowl between Mississippi State and Miami Ohio on?
It will be televised nationally on ESPN.
How can I watch the St. Petersburg Bowl between Mississippi State and Miami Ohio online?
It can be watched online via WatchESPN.
How can I listen to the St. Petersburg Bowl between Mississippi State and Miami Ohio on the radio?
You can listen to this game on ESPN Radio affiliates. A full list of Mississippi State radio affiliates can be found here. For Miami Ohio fans, the Redhawks radio affiliate information can be found here.
Who is calling the St. Petersburg Bowl for ESPN?
Dave LaMont, Rene Ingoglia and Chris Doering
Mississippi State vs. Miami Ohio keys to the St. Petersburg Bowl
1. Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald
The Bulldogs quarterback turned it on down the stretch of his first season as a starting quarterback, propelling Mississippi State to wins against Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Can the RedHawks formulate a plan to stop this dual-threat?
2. The early start time
Mississippi State is located in the central time zone, meaning these players will kick off at the equivalent of 10 a.m. Starkville time. It will be on Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen and his coaching staff to balance getting their players adequate rest while still ensuring the team is up, alert and ready to get after it at a very early start time.
3. The momentum
These teams are feeling pretty good about themselves coming into the bowl matchup. Miami Ohio took a 0-6 start to its season and turned it into a bowl appearance, and has not lost a football game since a trip to Akron on Oct. 8. Meanwhile, Mississippi State has rode its own surge of second-half momentum to earn a bowl trip after it appeared hope was gone. The team able to maintain that momentum after nearly a month layoff is likely to be crowned the victor.