2016 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

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.

2016 Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Mississippi State Bulldogs logo.svg
St. Petersburg Bowl champion
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2016 record6–7 (3–5 SEC)
Head coachDan Mullen (8th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorBilly Gonzales (3rd as co-OC, 4th overall season)
Co-offensive coordinatorJohn Hevesy (3rd as co-OC, 8th overall season)
Offensive schemeSpread (Multiple)
Defensive coordinatorPeter Sirmon (1st season)
Base defenseMultiple
Home stadiumDavis Wade Stadium (Capacity: 61,337)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Southeastern Conference 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

ScheduleEdit

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

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 311:00 a.m.South Alabama*SECNL 20–2157,075
September 106:00 p.m.South Carolina
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
ESPN2W 27–1457,763
September 176:00 p.m.at No. 20 LSUESPN2L 20–2399,910
September 242:30 p.m.at UMass*ASNW 47–3513,074
October 811:00 a.m.Auburn
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
ESPNL 14–3860,102
October 149:15 p.m.at BYU*ESPNL 21–28 2OT62,184
October 227:30 p.m.at KentuckySECNL 38–4050,414
October 292:30 p.m.No. 20 (FCS) Samford* 
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
SECNW 56–4158,019
November 511:00 a.m.No. 7 Texas A&M
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
SECNW 35–2858,407
November 1211:00 a.m.at No. 1 AlabamaESPNL 3–51101,821
November 196:00 p.m.Arkansas
  • Davis Wade Stadium
  • Starkville, MS
ESPNUL 42–5858,538
November 262:30 p.m.at Ole MissSECNW 55–2066,038
December 2610:00 a.m.vs. Miami (OH)*ESPNW 17–1615,717
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summariesEdit

South AlabamaEdit

South Alabama at Mississippi State
1 234Total
Jaguars 0 0714 21
Bulldogs 7 1030 20
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
2–0 September 13, 2014 Mississippi State, 35–3

South CarolinaEdit

South Carolina at Mississippi State
1 234Total
Gamecocks 0 077 14
Bulldogs 7 1703 27
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
6–9 November 2, 2013 South Carolina, 34–16

Louisiana StateEdit

Mississippi State at #20 LSU
1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 3314 20
Tigers 14 900 23
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
34–72–3 September 12, 2015 LSU, 21–19

UMassEdit

Mississippi State at UMass
1 234Total
Bulldogs 3 10286 47
Minutemen 7 7714 35
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
First meeting

AuburnEdit

Auburn at Mississippi State
1 234Total
Tigers 14 2103 38
Bulldogs 0 077 14
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
26–61–2 September 26, 2015 Mississippi State, 17–9

BYUEdit

Mississippi State at BYU
1 234OTTotal
Bulldogs 7 7007 21
Cougars 7 00714 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

KentuckyEdit

Mississippi State at Kentucky
1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 141014 38
Wildcats 0 62113 40
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
22–21 October 24, 2015 Mississippi State, 42–16

SamfordEdit

#20 (FCS) Samford at Mississippi State
1 234Total
Samford 13 7138 41
MSU 21 7217 56
  • Sources:
Overall Record Previous Meeting Previous Winner
16–1–1 September 21, 1963 Mississippi State, 43–0

Texas A&MEdit

#7 Texas A&M at Mississippi State
1 234Total
Aggies 7 7014 28
Bulldogs 14 1407 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 234Total
RedHawks 3 670 16
Bulldogs 0 773 17
  • Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MSU, SEC ANNOUNCE 2016 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE" (Press release). Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. October 29, 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-10-31. 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.