Mississippi State is 3-0 against MAC teams. This will be the program’s first matchup against the Broncos.
Western Michigan (1-3) has hit a rough patch since its season-opening win against Saint Francis. The Broncos have lost their last three, all coming on the road against Syracuse, Iowa and Toledo. They’ve been outscored 138-48 in that stretch.
Western Michigan hosts Ball State on Saturday.
Mississippi State (2-2) has dropped back-to-back contests, losing 41-14 against LSU before a 37-30 loss at South Carolina. The Bulldogs are at risk of dropping below .500 with No. 11 Alabama coming to Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday (8 p.m., ESPN).
MSU’s Zach Arnett is also a first-year head coach. He was promoted from defensive coordinator in December following Mike Leach’s death.
This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Mississippi State football vs. Western Michigan: Time, TV channel