Mississippi State has been on the road most of the 2015 season.
The Bulldogs will get to settle in at Davis Wade Stadium for the rest of October, beginning a three-game homestand with Troy today at 3 p.m. on SEC Network.
“It’s great coming back home,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “We just had a tough stretch in the schedule playing three of the first five games on the road. Obviously, that’s a tough way to start off playing three top-25 teams. Within that stretch, I thought our guys battled.”
The Bulldogs enter today’s game at 3-2 with losses coming against LSU and Texas A&M, both of whom are now ranked in the top 10.
State fell 30-17 on the road to the Aggies last weekend and are hoping to put forth a better effort this week against 1-3 Troy.
“I think the biggest thing for us is we’re really disappointed that we didn’t play well last week,” Mullen said. “One of the things that happens with that is guys are really anxious to get back on the field and redeem their performance regardless of who we’re playing.”
The Bulldogs are hoping to take advantage of the homestand against the Trojans, Louisiana Tech and Kentucky to get bowl eligible before entering their bye week heading into November.
“To be where we need to be, we need to come out of this three-game stand here at home on a win streak,” said MSU quarterback Dak Prescott. “It’s perfect timing for us to get back and get some wins under us and get our confidence going before we head into the later part of the season.”
Mississippi State has had its share of success in Starkville, winning nine of its last 10 games at home. The Bulldogs own a 19-4 record at Davis Wade Stadium over the last four years.
One of those victories was a 62-7 shellacking of Troy in 2013, the last meeting between the two programs. MSU amassed 551 yards in that game while holding the Trojans to only 186 yards.
Prescott played a big part in that win with 322 yards and four touchdowns scored three different ways. He rushed for 53 yards and two touchdowns, threw for 233 yards and a score and even hauled in a 36-yard touchdown catch.
The Bulldogs lead the overall series against Troy 3-1 including a 2-1 record in Starkville.