Mississippi is College Football’s Best State
Long have there been arguments for California, Texas, Alabama, and Florida as the nation’s top state for college football. But is it time to add Mississippi to that list? While the 2014 season is only just over the half-way mark, one thing is clear, college football in the State of Mississippi is as good as it has ever been, and to this point, the best in the country in 2014.
The State of Mississippi has the same number of wins vs. teams ranked in the top 10 (at the time of the game) as the top schools in each of California (UCLA, USC, Stanford), Florida (Florida, Miami, Florida St.), Texas (Texas A&M, TCU, Baylor), and Alabama (Alabama, Auburn), combined. Mississippi State has won 3 games consecutively against teams ranked in the top 10 (LSU, Texas A&M, and Auburn), while Ole Miss took down Alabama 2 Saturdays ago. As of 10/13/14, both Mississippi State and Ole Miss still have 2 games remaining on their schedule with teams ranked in the top 10. Ole Miss will face Auburn in Oxford on November 1st, and Mississippi State travels to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama on November 15th. The other top 10 matchup for both schools? The Egg Bowl on November 19th at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. There may not be a more anticipated, or acclaimed rivalry game this season than the Egg Bowl, and it very likely could be between 2 teams that will make the College Football Playoff.
The current AP top 10 is as follows:
- Mississippi State
- Florida State
- Ole Miss
- Notre Dame
- Michigan State
Mississippi and Alabama are the only 2 States that have more than 1 team in the top 10. But Ole Miss and Mississippi State combined to beat Alabama and Auburn in back to back weeks, which is the major reason the Bulldogs and Rebels are ranked #1, and #3 respectively. With Auburn making a trip to Oxford, and Mississippi State traveling to Alabama in the coming weeks, the rivalry between these two football crazed States is only sure to grow in 2014.
Both Starkville and Oxford are known for packing the house and having a great time on gameday. Both also have iconic traditions that are among the most historic and notable in the country.
Ole Miss – When considering the top college gameday events in the country, it would be foolish to not discuss The Grove in Oxford. The tailgating at Rebels games starts 9 pm the night before the game and doesn’t end until midnight the day of the game. Thousands upon thousands of Rebels fans pack The Grove in an event that has becomes a tourist attraction in itself. When the Rebels make their traditional march through the Grove 2 hours before gametime, the energy and excitement is through the roof. Now that the Ole Miss Football team is among the nation’s elite teams, tailgating at The Grove may somehow find a way to get even better.
Mississippi State – There may not be a more distinctive sound at any football stadium than the ringing of cowbells in Starkville. The tradition dates back to the 1930’s and has been a staple tradition at Davis Wade Stadium ever since. Bulldogs fans are crazy about their cowbells and hearing the sound after a big Mississippi State win is enthralling. Expect the bells, and the energy in Starkville to only continue to rise if Dak Prescott and company keep finding ways to win.
Mississippi State Bulldogs remaining home schedule with median ticket prices:
- November 1st vs. Arkansas $60
- November 8th vs. UT Martin $26
- November 22nd vs. Vanderbilt $33
Ole Miss Rebels remaining home schedule with median ticket prices:
- October 18th vs. Tennessee $109
- November 1st vs. Auburn $102
- November 8th vs. Presbyterian $12
- November 29th Mississippi State at Ole Miss $103