With Oklahoma and Texas' move to the SEC, SI Sooners gives fans a quick catch-up on each program from the conference to learn your new rivals. Today: Mississippi State.
Location: Starkville, MS
Stadium: Davis Wade Stadium (61,337)
Head Coach: Mike Leach
Claimed Football National Titles: 0
Favorite Gameday Tradition: Producing quite possibly the most annoying sound in college sports with a frequency that will drive you insane.
Football Royalty: Dak Prescott, Fletcher Cox, Fred Smoot, Montez Sweat
Famous Alumni: Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro, Buck Showalter, Machine Gun Kelly (No, seriously. The famous gangster studied agriculture there for two years).
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Of Note: Mississippi State fans are well known for their use of cowbells at home games which has long irked opposing fans who have suggested they should be banned. The origin of where the tradition started is actually unconfirmed but the most popular legend is that in the late 1930s, a cow wandered onto the field during a matchup between the Bulldogs and their hated rivals Ole Miss. Mississippi State went on to blow out the Rebels that day so students decided to bring a cow to every home game as a good luck charm. Eventually, that graduated into the much easier system of just bringing cowbells. In 1974, the SEC ruled against artificial noisemakers and thus the cowbells were eliminated all the way until 2010, when the ruling was revised to allow them during non-game action (pregame, timeouts, halftime, postgame, etc.).
Series History with Oklahoma: No meetings
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