2017 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team

The 2017 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team represented the University of Southern Mississippi in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Golden Eagles played their home games at the M. M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and competed in the West Division of Conference USA (C–USA). They were led by second-year head coach Jay Hopson. They finished the season 8–5, 6–2 in C-USA play to finish in a tie for second place in the West Division. They were invited to the Independence Bowl where they lost to Florida State.

2017 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football
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ConferenceConference USA
DivisionWest Division
2017 record8–5 (6–2 C-USA)
Head coachJay Hopson (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorShannon Dawson (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorTony Pecoraro (2nd season)
Home stadiumM. M. Roberts Stadium
(Capacity: 36,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Florida Atlantic x$   8 0         11 3  
FIU   5 3         8 5  
Marshall   4 4         8 5  
Western Kentucky   4 4         6 7  
Middle Tennessee   4 4         7 6  
Old Dominion   3 5         5 7  
Charlotte   1 7         1 11  
West Division
North Texas x   7 1         9 5  
UAB   6 2         8 5  
Southern Miss   6 2         8 5  
Louisiana Tech   4 4         7 6  
UTSA   3 5         6 5  
Rice   1 7         1 11  
UTEP   0 8         0 12  
Championship: Florida Atlantic 41, North Texas 17
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

Southern Miss announced its 2017 football schedule on January 26, 2017. The 2017 schedule consists of 6 home and away games in the regular season. The Golden Eagles will host C–USA foes North Texas, UTEP, UAB, and Charlotte, and will travel to UTSA, Louisiana Tech, Rice, and Marshall.[1]

The team will play four non–conference games, two home games against Kentucky from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Southern from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and two road games against ULM from the Sun Belt Conference and Tennessee who is also from the Southeastern Conference.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 23:00 p.m.Kentucky*CBSSNL 17–2422,761
September 96:00 p.m.Southern*
  • M. M. Roberts Stadium
  • Hattiesburg, MS
STADIUMW 45–024,337
September 166:00 p.m.at Louisiana–Monroe*ESPN3W 28–1711,061
September 306:00 p.m.North Texas
  • M. M. Roberts Stadium
  • Hattiesburg, MS
CUSA.TVL 28–4321,907
October 76:00 p.m.at UTSASTADIUMW 31–2923,517
October 146:00 p.m.UTEP 
  • M. M. Roberts Stadium
  • Hattiesburg, MS
STADIUMW 24–021,970
October 216:00 p.m.at Louisiana TechSTADIUMW 34–27 2OT17,815
October 286:00 p.m.UAB
  • M. M. Roberts Stadium
  • Hattiesburg, MS
CUSA.TVL 12–3019,101
November 46:30 p.m.at Tennessee*SECNL 10–2495,551
November 112:30 p.m.at RiceSTADIUMW 43–3418,124
November 182:00 p.m.Charlotte
  • M. M. Roberts Stadium
  • Hattiesburg, MS
W 66–2120,189
November 251:30 p.m.at MarshallSTADIUMW 28–2718,361
December 2712:30 p.m.vs. Florida State*ESPNL 13–4233,601
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summariesEdit

KentuckyEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2016 W 44–35
Week One: Kentucky Wildcats at Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Wildcats 0 14 10024
Golden Eagles 0 3 7717

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

Game information

SouthernEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Week Two: Southern Jaguars at Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jaguars 0 0 000
Golden Eagles 28 7 10045

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

  • Date: September 9
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 79°F • NNE 7 • Sunny, 51% Humidity
  • Game attendance: 24,337
  • Referee: Will Williams
  • TV: STADIUM
  • Southern Miss vs Southern
Game information

@ Louisiana–MonroeEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 1993 W 44–37
Week Three: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 7 14 7028
Warhawks 0 10 7017

at Malone Stadium, Monroe, LA

Game information

North TexasEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–5 2016 L 23–29
Week Five: North Texas Mean Green at Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Mean Green 7 10 161043
Golden Eagles 14 7 7028

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

Game information

@ UTSAEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2016 L 32–55
Week Six: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at UTSA Roadrunners – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 7 0 141031
Roadrunners 3 10 01629

at Alamodome, San Antonio, TX

Game information

UTEPEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 2016 W 34–7
Week Seven: UTEP Miners at Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Miners 0 0 000
Golden Eagles 7 7 01024

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

  • Date: October 14
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CDT
Game information

@ Louisiana TechEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
33–15 2016 W 39–24
Week Eight: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs – Game summary
1 2 34OT2OTTotal
Golden Eagles 3 7 6110734
Bulldogs 3 14 0100027

at Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA

Game information

UABEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
10–5 2014 L 24–45
Week Nine: UAB Blazers at Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Blazers 7 0 61730
Golden Eagles 9 3 0012

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

  • Date: October 28
  • Game time: 6:00 p.m. CDT
Game information

@ TennesseeEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
0–5 2005 L 19–39
Week Ten: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 0 3 0710
Volunteers 7 3 14024

at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Game attendance: 95,551
Game information

@ RiceEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 2016 W 44–28
Week Eleven: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Rice Owls – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 10 12 14743
Owls 0 14 13734

at Rice Stadium, Houston, TX

  • Date: November 11
  • Game time: 2:30 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 18,124
Game information

CharlotteEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2016 L 27–38
Week Twelve: Charlotte 49ers at Southern Miss Golden Eagles – Game summary
1 2 34Total
49ers 0 7 7721
Golden Eagles 13 25 141466

at M. M. Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, MS

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 2:00 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 20,189
Game information

@ MarshallEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
6–6 2016 W 24–14
Week Thirteen: Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Marshall Thundering Herd – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 0 14 7728
Thundering Herd 0 14 7627

at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV

  • Date: November 25
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 18,361
Game information

vs Florida State–Independence BowlEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
8–13–1 1996 L 14–54
Southern Miss vs Florida State (Independence Bowl) – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Golden Eagles 6 0 7013
Seminoles 7 16 10942

at Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA

  • Date: December 27
  • Game time: 12:30 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 33,601
Game information

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Southern Miss Announces 2017 Football Schedule" (Press release). The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Athletics. January 31, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "2017 Southern Miss Golden Eagles Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 1, 2017.