||MSU, USM gear up for long awaited meeting
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — Mississippi State hosts Southern Miss on Saturday night in the first game at the newly expanded Davis Wade Stadium.
It's also the first time since 1990 the two schools have played. Only one player on the Bulldogs' current roster was alive when MSU and USM's last met - Rashun Dixon was one month old.
MSU head coach Dan Mullen says the possibility of getting USM back on the schedule was one of the first things brought up to him when he was hired.
"Todd's trying to build the program there, from what he took over and what he took over," Mullen said. "But winning that last game has really bolstered them going into this offseason and given them a lot of momentum going into the offseason."
USM enters its second season under head coach Todd Monken, who would like to get the Golden Eagles back to the postseason, but he knows they'll have their hands full Saturday.
"Four straight bowl games (for) Coach Mullen and his staff, it's never been done before at Mississippi State and I think they've done a great job," Monken said. "They do a great job recruiting and do a great job coaching their players. They've got a number of coaches that I know and they've got a number of returning starters, especially with their quarterback, Dak Prescott, who's gonna be a handful. He can run. He can throw."