Mississippi State has finally filled the open date in its 2012 football schedule, announcing this afternoon that it will play Middle Tennessee State at home on Oct. 20. This replaces Louisiana Tech, which was originally scheduled to play MSU but pulled out of the deal during the summer.
Middle Tennessee, of the Sun Belt Conference, will get a $930,000 payout from MSU for this game. The teams last met in 2009, Dan Mullen‘s first season, with State winning 27-6. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 4-0.
So this is how State’s non-SEC slate will look: Sept. 1 vs. Jackson State; Sept. 15 at Troy; Sept. 22 vs. South Alabama; Oct. 20 vs. Middle Tennessee State. So MSU will have seven home games after playing six at Davis Wade Stadium this season.
Now all we await is the SEC schedule, which will be released next week. It will be an eight-game schedule but will look a little different now that Missouri and Texas A&M have joined up.