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What the Southern Miss series does for MSU football




For those that haven't seen the news yet, MSU and Southern Miss have agreed to keep the football series going: here in Starkville in 2019 and 2023 before a game in Hattiesburg in 2024. 


First of all, this means MSU's 2019 schedule is done. UL Lafayette in New Orleans (the Superdome), Kansas State at home, Abilene Christian at home and this Southern Miss game at a date yet to be released publicly. As for future non-conference games in need of scheduling, MSU is set until 2021, in which it needs one more game to complete the schedule. The 2020 schedule is already set: Alcorn State, at North Carolina State, Tulane and UMass. 


The 2023 game in Starkville leaves MSU with one more game to schedule, as the Southern Miss game is joining Arizona's return trip to Starkville and MSU's trip to Tulane. The 2024 game is the only game MSU has scheduled for that season. 


As for those future schedules and what MSU might do with them: look for MSU to try to secure a Power 5 opponent for 2025. 2018 will begin a streak of playing at least one Power 5 team every year that, if the schedules stay the way they are, would end that year (an agreement with Minnesota goes for 2026-2027). If you want to count BYU as a Power 5 team that streak would actually be underway currently, but that's not important. The important thing here is, if a Power 5 team for 2025 is not in the agreements it signed somewhat recently, that will probably be among its top priorities as it moves forward.



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