The 2020 Mississippi State football schedule has been released and I would appreciate it if some things were addressed.
FIRST, here’s what Mississippi State’s schedule looks like:
It’s 2020 and things can change at a moment’s notice thanks to a global pandemic, so we shouldn’t count our chickens before they kickoff at noon Eastern Time on ESPN, but we’ve got something to look forward to nonetheless.
- Sept. 26 at LSU
- Oct. 3 vs. Arkansas
- Oct. 10 at Kentucky
- Oct. 17 vs. A&M
- Oct. 24 BYE WEEK
- Oct. 31 at Alabama
- Nov. 7 vs. Vanderbilt
- Nov. 14 vs. Auburn
- Nov. 21 at Georgia
- Nov. 28 at Ole Miss
- Dec. 5 vs. Mizzou
NOW, on to the questions:
- To start, why does Mississippi State have to start at LSU? The Bulldogs get the lovely pleasure of going to Baton Rouge and facing off against the defending national champs to start the season. On one hand, LSU is having to replace essentially every meaningful contributor from the 2020 team, but on the other, Mississippi State is also having to start from scratch as the Bulldogs implement a new coaching staff that had little time to actually prepare for the season.
- While it’s great Mississippi State isn’t having to face Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia in back-to-back-to-back weeks, who thought it’d be cool to have Mississippi State play two of those three games as road games and to face those three teams in a span of four weeks? I would like to hear the reasoning for this.
- Is it too late to get Mississippi State an easier schedule for this season?
- If not, who do I need to speak to about getting 10 home games against Vanderbilt scheduled?
- If so, why is the SEC so ready to break my heart with the upcoming 2020 Mississippi State football season?
- How many wins must Mississippi State get to constitute a successful first season for Mike Leach? I’d like to say 4, as long as one of those victories includes a win in the Egg Bowl OR a win over Texas A&M. I’m willing to accept a rivalry loss if MSU beats the Aggies and I can crack jokes at all of my friends who went to TAMU.
- Why does Mississippi State have to travel to Georgia? The Bulldogs and the Bulldogs last faced each other in 2017 and that game was in Athens and it was a complete and total dumpster fire. Before that, the last time the two teams battled was in 2011 in Athens and that game was also a complete and total dumpster fire. Someone find a way to get this series to Starkville OR let’s just never have these teams face each other ever again.
- Can Mississippi State end every college football season by playing Mizzou in December? I’m not sure why, but I actually really like this game, and when it’s scheduled, for some reason. I’m certainly here for this oddball matchup being played annually.
- Why does that trip to Lexington feel like the most disappointing loss Mississippi State will have this season? I assume it’s because devastating losses are expected when facing teams like Alabama, Georgia, and Auburn. I’ve gotten used to those. I think I’m still getting used to the idea that Mark Stoops might actually have Kentucky becoming a really good football program. I don’t like it. Not one bit.
- Will Mississippi State even be able to play a full season? To add on to this, it’s worth wondering if any team out there will be able to play a full season. The pandemic could legitimately still put this season on hold, or even end it altogether. Here’s to hoping that doesn’t happen, but nobody really knows what is going to happen.
In what has been a weird year for sports, the SEC is certainly dealing out some very weird schedules.