Posted December 31, 2012 on
While Northwestern is looking to snap its bowl-victory drought, the Mississippi State Bulldogs aims to earn their sixth-consecutive postseason triumph. The Gator Bowl matches two teams in search of an elusive victory, and entering with a businesslike mindset.
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The Mississippi State Bulldogs (8-4) and the No. 20 Northwestern Wildcats (9-3) will play against each other in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl.
Kickoff: 12:00 pm EST
Television: ESPN 2
Line: Northerwestern is a1.5 point favorite against Mississippi State.
Over/under: 53.5 points
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Tyler Russell of the Mississippi State Bulldogs was off to a poor start in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl when he threw this pick six to a Northwestern defensive back. The Miss State Bulldogs from the SEC are taking on the Northwestern Wildcats of the Big 10. If this trend continues, the SEC will be 0 and 2 in bowl games which is not good for the conference that has just won so many...
Mississippi State fans were out in force at Monday's Gator Bowl Parade. Check out this fan and parade photo gallery.
The Game: Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4 SEC) meets #21-ranked Northwestern (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) in the 2013 Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. Kickoff at EverBank Field is noon eastern time for ESPN2 telecast. The MSU Network pre-game broadcast begins at 9:00am central.
Northwestern vs Mississippi State Gator Bowl game photo gallery, January 1, 2013.
Photo Gallery of Mississippi State fans at the Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Florida, December 30, 2012.
JACKSONVILLE -- Somebody’s bowl streak had to end in Jacksonville. Either Mississippi State would extend its run of post-season success to a national-best six games…or Northwestern would snap four years of frustration with a bowl victory. It was the Wildcats who walked off EverBank Field happy after 34-20 Gator Bowl victory.
Give the Bulldogs credit for saying the right things. Just ask Johnthan Banks if his team is serious about this Gator Bowl. “We wouldn’t want to let our team come down here as a team and embarrass ourselves. And we know how Coach is about coming back and having fun and not going to work. This is a business trip, we haven’t come here to party around. We came here to win a football game.”
JACKSONVILLE – Arceto Clark was Mississippi State’s leading receiver as a junior and four of his grabs went for touchdowns. But he went his entire senior regular season without finding the end zone. Bowl season was another matter.
ORLANDO, Fla. - Many schools are trying to turn Chris Jones away from Mississippi State, but he says all the right things to make the Bulldog Nation feel good about his commitment.