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Events that should be in Mississippi State’s 2021 SEC Network Takeover: MSU beating Vandy in the College World Series

STARKVILLE, MS - July 02, 2021 - Team during a parade in Starkville, MS, celebrating the Mississippi State Bulldogs College World Series National Championship win. Photo By Chris Opheim
Mississippi State baseball championship celebration parade. Photo: Chris Opheim/Mississippi State Athletics.

We’re less than a week away from 2021’s edition of Mississippi State controlling the programming at the SEC Network. While there are some really good Mississippi State sporting events that will be broadcast on the SEC Network during that 24 hour period of time, there are some events that should have been included.

We’ve got 10 different pieces of really good Mississippi State content that will be shown during that timeframe and that’s a lot of Mississippi State to sit back and enjoy.

Still, the lineup could have been better.

Let’s take a look at the 10 things that will be shown during the 2021 Mississippi State SEC Network Takeover. The full schedule is below:

Mississippi State’s SEC Network Takeover is set for July 11

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  • 7/10/21 at 11 p.m. – #5 Mississippi State vs. Auburn (Baseball)
  • 7/11/21 at 2 a.m. – SEC Storied: Thunder & Lightning
  • 3:30 a.m. – Mississippi State: Maroon-White Game
  • 5:30 a.m. – Missouri vs. Mississippi State (Football)
  • 8 a.m. – Mississippi State vs. South Carolina (Softball)
  • 10 a.m. – Mississippi State vs. LSU (Football)
  • 1 p.m. – Ole Miss vs. #14 Mississippi State (W Basketball)
  • 3 p.m. – Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss (M Basketball)
  • 5 p.m. – #6 Ole Miss vs. #4 Mississippi State (Baseball)
  • 8 p.m. – #24 Tulsa vs. Mississippi State

That’s a pretty good lineup of events! The Bulldogs are showcasing a wide variety of games from much of its athletic department.

But while that grouping is good, it could certainly be better.

To view the full list of the events that should have made it into Mississippi State’s 2021 SEC Network Takeover, click here.

Mississippi State baseball. Photo: Sloane Bush/Mississippi State Athletics
Mississippi State baseball. Photo: Sloane Bush/Mississippi State Athletics

5 events that should have made Mississippi State’s 2021 SEC Network Takeover

Mississippi State’s schedule for the SEC Network Takeover is good, but it could be so much better.

No. 1: Either of Mississippi State baseball’s wins over Vanderbilt in the College World Series finals

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It’s an absolutely puzzling thing that neither of Mississippi State’s College World Series wins over the Vanderbilt Commodores were included in the SEC Network Takeover.

First and foremost, let’s just look at the wins without any added context.

Beating Vanderbilt 13-2 is a huge thing! Beating Vanderbilt 9-0 is a huge thing! These wins are worth celebrating and showing off at any given moment, even before you consider the setting and the stakes. Both of these wins came in the College World Series. That’s also huge. Both of these wins came in the College World Series finals.

The stakes don’t get any bigger than that.

Oh, and let’s also consider that those wins would help Mississippi State lock up the first team national championship in the entire history of Mississippi State University’s Athletics Department.

Can someone help me make sense of this? Why aren’t either of these games being shown in Mississippi State’s SEC Network Takeover? Is there a broadcasting issue? Is something preventing ESPN from taking its broadcasts and scooting those on over to the SEC Network?

Let’s show off these games, please.

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To view the full list of the events that should have made it into Mississippi State’s 2021 SEC Network Takeover, click here.

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