Mississippi State moved ahead of Michigan State in the final College Football Playoff rankings, giving the Bulldogs a trip to South Florida.
The No. 7 Bulldogs (10-2) will play No. 12 Georgia Tech (10-3) in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31. The game will kick at 7 p.m. and be shown on ESPN.
It is the third appearance in the Orange Bowl for the Bulldogs – the first two came 1937 and 1941. MSU lost to Duquesne 13-12 in 1937 and beat Georgetown 14-7 in 1941.
MSU is 0-4 all-time against Georgia Tech, with the most recent game being a 42-31 Yellow Jacket victory in Starkville in 2009.
The Bulldogs are 10-7 in bowl games and head coach Dan Mullen is 3-1. It is the fifth-straight bowl appearance for the Bulldogs.