Bulldogs bolster schedule with Arizona

Mississippi State will meet Arizona in football during the 2022 and 2023 seasons. Those teams are currently coached by Dan Mullen, left, and Rich Rodriguez, right. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)

Mississippi State will meet Arizona in football during the 2022 and 2023 seasons. Those teams are currently coached by Dan Mullen, left, and Rich Rodriguez, right. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)

Mississippi State’s current and past athletic directors have reached an agreement for their respective programs to play in football.

Scott Stricklin, the Bulldogs current athletic director, announced a home-and-home deal to play Arizona – where former MSU AD Greg Byrne now resides.

The Bulldogs will travel to Tucson on Sept. 10, 2022 and the Wildcats will make the return trip to Starkville on Sept. 9, 2023.

“We’re very excited to announce this series with a Pac-12 program the caliber of Arizona,” Stricklin said in a release. “It will bolster our non-conference schedule. We haven’t played in that part of the country since 2002, so it gives our fans a chance to see another part of the country while supporting the Bulldogs.” 

The two programs have never met on the gridiron but squared off on the baseball diamond this past season as State participated in the Hi Corbett Classic against Arizona and UC-Santa Barbara.

Mississippi State is 0-3 against teams that currently comprise the Pac-12. The Bulldogs defeated Washington 27-18 in Seattle during the 1977 season, a win that was later forfeited.

The Bulldogs last Pac-12 opponent was Oregon during the 2002-03 seasons. The Ducks won 36-13 in Eugene to open the 2002 campaign and also 42-34 in the 2003 season opener in Starkville.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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