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STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The first matchup between Mississippi State and Florida in Starkville since 2009 and a non-conference road game at Big 12 foe Kansas State make up the 2018 Bulldog football schedule, the Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday.
The Bulldogs will host seven home games in Davis Wade Stadium, including a season-opener against Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 1. The following week on Sept. 8, MSU and Kansas State meet in Manhattan, Kan., for the first time since Oct. 1, 1977. The Bulldogs close a stretch of three straight non-conference games to open the year with UL-Lafayette on Sept. 15.
MSU takes on Florida (Sept. 29) and Auburn (Oct. 6) in back-to-back home SEC weekends in Davis Wade. Following an Oct. 13 open date, State travels to Baton Rouge to face LSU on Oct. 20 in what will be the latest meeting between the two teams since Nov. 10, 2012.
Three out of the last five games on the slate will be in Davis Wade, including the home finale on Nov. 17 against Arkansas. The Bulldogs get Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 10, and they close the year with the annual Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving Nov. 22 in Oxford.
The SEC Championship Game will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec. 1. It will be the 27th edition of the game and the 25th in the city of Atlanta.
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2018 Mississippi State Football Schedule
Date Opponent Location
Sept. 1 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Sept. 8 at Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. (Bill Snyder Family Stadium)
Sept. 15 UL-LAFAYETTE Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Sept. 22 at Kentucky Lexington, Ky. (Kroger Stadium)
Sept. 29 FLORIDA * Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Oct. 6 AUBURN * Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Oct. 20 at LSU * Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium)
Oct. 27 TEXAS A&M * Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Nov. 3 LOUISIANA TECH Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Nov. 10 at Alabama * Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Bryant-Denny Stadium)
Nov. 17 ARKANSAS * Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium)
Nov. 22 at Ole Miss Oxford, Miss. (Vaught-Hemingway Stadium)
* - denotes SEC game