Bianco vs. the Bulldogs

Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco has always spoken about the series against Mississippi State in guarded tones.

He doesn’t want to say anything to fuel the rivalry off the field.

Since Bianco’s arrival at Ole Miss the Rebels have had a slight edge. Bianco is 31-28 against MSU after this weekend’s series win in Starkville.

Included in the record is the Mayor’s Trophy game, a mid-week neutral site event that was played in Jackson for many years before moving to Pearl.

The focus, obviously, has been on the weekend series, which does count in the SEC standings.

Early after John Cohen’s arrival at Mississippi State the Bulldogs had the upper hand on the weekends, winning three of the first four series.

Following Sunday’s 12-2 win to clinch the series at Dudy Noble Field, Bianco didn’t have much to say about the head-to-head competition.

“I don’t know if we look at it that way. That’s for you guys to write about. We’ve had success. We’ve had success here. They played great at the end of the year last year and got to the world series. That’s a huge thing, and that’s our goal. We want to get to the world series and play for a national championship. I think our record is pretty good against them,” he said.

There’s an interesting history between Cohen and Bianco that dates back to their playing days, Cohen at MSU and Bianco at LSU.

They also coached against one another for three seasons in Louisiana while Cohen was head coach at Northwestern State, Bianco head coach at McNeese State.

Before 2013, Bianco was 9-7 against Cohen’s MSU teams.

Ole Miss has now won the SEC series in back-to-back seasons and is 4-3 in the last seven against MSU.

The Mayor’s Trophy game is scheduled for April 22, a week from tomorrow.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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