Countdown to Kickoff: 23 Days

We’re counting down to MSU’s season opener against Oklahoma State on Aug. 31, giving you a significant number to ponder as August trudges on. Today’s number is…

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23.

One way to measure Dan Mullen‘s success is his win-loss record, but another way is by the number of fans who’ve been on board with the fifth-year head coach. The fans have kept coming to Davis Wade Stadium, which is why MSU has sold out a school-record 23 consecutive home games, dating to the game against Florida on Oct. 24, 2009. State lost that game, 29-19, but the Bulldogs gave the Tim Tebow-led Gators fits, and of course Johnthan Banks did this. And this.

MSU went 5-7 that first season, but it included a win over rival Ole Miss, and fans could sense good things on the horizon. Since then, of course, Mullen has produced three consecutive winning seasons. And so the fans continue to turn out and set attendance records year after year. In fact, the four largest average season attendance marks for DWS have all come under Mullen, with the 2011 season seeing a record 55,949 fans on average. Of the top 20 home crowds at MSU, 19 have come with Mullen as coach.

And you might’ve heard recently that MSU has once again sold out of season tickets, so expect to see Davis Wade packed out again this season, and for that sellout streak to continue. The next challenge for the fans will be filling an expanded DWS in 2014 and beyond, with capacity going from 55,082 to 61,337.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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