Source: MSU/BYU to play football series

A source says that Mississippi State and BYU will play a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy first reported the news on Thursday.

MSU did not comment on the possibility of the series and nothing official has been released.

The Southeastern Conference passed legislation that all football teams must play nonconference games against teams from Power 5 conferences beginning in 2016. BYU does not belong to a conference, but McMurphy reported that FBS independents BYU, Army and Notre Dame will count toward the requirement the SEC has outlined.

McMurphy reported that MSU will go to Provo, Utah in 2016. The 2017 game will be played at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville.

The Bulldogs and Cougars have only met twice, with both teams winning one game. MSU won in Provo 44-28 in 2000, while BYU took a 41-38 victory over the Bulldogs in Starkville in 2001.

MSU Athletic Director and Kansas State Athletic Director John Currie, struck a deal on Twitter to play a series for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Nothing official has been released though.

The only official series are a 2020 and 2021 matchup with North Carolina State and a 2022 and 2023 matchup with Arizona.

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