Blog – MSU makes BYU series official

Mississippi State announced Friday a home-and-home series with BYU is scheduled for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

A source confirmed the series was happening on Thursday.

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 ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported that FBS independents BYU, Army and Notre Dame will count toward the requirement the SEC has outlined.

MSU will travel to Provo, Utah, on Oct. 15, 2016 to meet the Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium. BYU will make the trip to Davis Wade Stadium on Oct. 14, 2017.

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 Scott Stricklin 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.

MSU now has three official series planned with a North Carolina State deal for 2020 and 2021 and a 2022 and 2023 matchup with Arizona.

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