2016 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

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2016 Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Mississippi State Bulldogs logo.svg
St. Petersburg Bowl champion
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Western Division
2016 record 6–7 (3–5 SEC)
Head coach Dan Mullen (8th season)
Co-offensive coordinator Billy Gonzales (3rd as co-OC, 4th overall season)
Co-offensive coordinator John Hevesy (3rd as co-OC, 8th overall season)
Offensive scheme Spread (Multiple)
Defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon (1st season)
Base defense Multiple
Home stadium Davis Wade Stadium (Capacity: 61,337)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 14 Florida x   6 2         9 4  
No. 22 Tennessee   4 4         9 4  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         6 7  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Missouri   2 6         4 8  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 24 Auburn   5 3         8 5  
No. 13 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Arkansas   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 54, Florida 16
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs played their home games at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by eighth-year head coach Dan Mullen, despite having a 5–7 record, the first losing season since 2009, Mississippi State qualified for a bowl bid due to their high APR score. Mississippi State beat the Miami RedHawks in the St. Petersburg Bowl to finish the season at 6–7.

Schedule[edit]

Mississippi State announced its 2016 football schedule on October 29, 2015, the 2016 schedule consists of six home and six away games in the regular season. The Bulldogs will host SEC foes Arkansas, Auburn, South Carolina, and Texas A&M, and will travel to Alabama, Kentucky, LSU, and Ole Miss.[1]

The Bulldogs will host the South Carolina Gamecocks for the first time since 2011, the team will travel to two independent schools, UMass for the first time and to BYU for the first time since 2000. Mississippi State will host the other two non–conference games against Samford of the Southern Conference and South Alabama of the Sun Belt Conference.

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 11:00 a.m. South Alabama* Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS SECN L 20–21   57,075
September 10 6:00 p.m. South Carolina Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS ESPN2 W 27–14   57,763
September 17 6:00 p.m. at No. 20 LSU Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) ESPN2 L 20–23   99,910
September 24 2:30 p.m. at UMass* Gillette StadiumFoxborough, MA ASN W 47–35   13,074
October 8 11:00 a.m. Auburn Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS ESPN L 14–38   60,102
October 14 9:15 p.m. at BYU* LaVell Edwards StadiumProvo, UT ESPN L 21–28 2OT  62,184
October 22 7:30 p.m. at Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY (Rivalry) SECN L 38–40   50,414
October 29 2:30 p.m. No. 20 (FCS) Samford*dagger Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS SECN W 56–41   58,019
November 5 11:00 a.m. No. 7 Texas A&M Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS SECN W 35–28   58,407
November 12 11:00 a.m. at No. 1 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) ESPN L 3–51   101,821
November 19 6:00 p.m. Arkansas Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS ESPNU L 42–58   58,538
November 26 2:30 p.m. at Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS (Egg Bowl) SECN W 55–20   66,038
December 26 10:00 a.m. vs. Miami (OH)* Tropicana FieldSt. Petersburg, FL (St. Petersburg Bowl) ESPN W 17–16   15,717
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summaries[edit]

South Alabama[edit]

South Alabama at Mississippi State
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 0 7 14 21
Bulldogs 7 10 3 0 20
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2–0 September 13, 2014 Mississippi State, 35–3

South Carolina[edit]

South Carolina at Mississippi State
1 2 3 4 Total
Gamecocks 0 0 7 7 14
Bulldogs 7 17 0 3 27
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
6–9 November 2, 2013 South Carolina, 34–16

Louisiana State[edit]

Mississippi State at #20 LSU
1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 3 3 14 20
Tigers 14 9 0 0 23
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
34–72–3 September 12, 2015 LSU, 21–19

UMass[edit]

Mississippi State at UMass
1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 3 10 28 6 47
Minutemen 7 7 7 14 35
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
First meeting

Auburn[edit]

Auburn at Mississippi State
1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 14 21 0 3 38
Bulldogs 0 0 7 7 14
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
26–61–2 September 26, 2015 Mississippi State, 17–9

BYU[edit]

Mississippi State at BYU
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Bulldogs 7 7 0 0 7 21
Cougars 7 0 0 7 14 28
  • Date: October 14th
  • Location: LaVell Edwards Stadium
    Provo, Utah
  • Game start: 8:21 p.m. MDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:47
  • Game attendance: 62,184
  • Game weather: 69 °F (21 °C), Cloudy, winds 12 mph SSE
  • Referee: Hubert Owens • Umpire: Walt Hill • Linesman: Chad Green • Line judge: Chuck Rice • Back judge: Martin Hankins • Field judge: Greg Thomas • Side judge: Chad Hill • Center judge: Steve Marlowe
  • TV announcers (ESPN/BYUtv): Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic (ESPN)
    Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Lauren Francom (BYUtv)
Sources:[5]
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
1–1 December 1, 2001 BYU, 41–38

Kentucky[edit]

Mississippi State at Kentucky
1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 14 10 14 38
Wildcats 0 6 21 13 40
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
22–21 October 24, 2015 Mississippi State, 42–16

Samford[edit]

#20 (FCS) Samford at Mississippi State
1 2 3 4 Total
Samford 13 7 13 8 41
MSU 21 7 21 7 56
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
16–1–1 September 21, 1963 Mississippi State, 43–0

Texas A&M[edit]

#7 Texas A&M at Mississippi State
1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 7 7 0 14 28
Bulldogs 14 14 0 7 35
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
4–5 October 3, 2015 Texas A&M, 30–17

Miami (OH)[edit]

2016 St. Petersburg Bowl Miami (OH) vs Mississippi State
1 2 3 4 Total
RedHawks 3 6 7 0 16
Bulldogs 0 7 7 3 17
  • Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


References[edit]

  1. ^ "MSU, SEC ANNOUNCE 2016 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE" (Press release). Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. October 29, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2016 Mississippi State Bulldogs Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ "South Alabama Jaguars vs Mississippi State Bulldogs (September 3, 2016)". Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. September 3, 2016. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ "South Carolina Gamecocks vs Mississippi State Bulldogs (September 10, 2016)". Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. September 10, 2016. Retrieved September 12, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Mississippi State at BYU". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 2016-10-14.