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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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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.
Just getting to a bowl game no longer matters to Northwestern.
The 21st-ranked Wildcats want to win one and end a decades-long losing streak.
Northwestern (9-3) hasn't won a bowl since it beat California in the 1949 Rose Bowl. The Wildcats have dropped nine in a row since, matching the longest streak in NCAA history.
They get a chance to stop that skid when they face Mississippi...
It’s the one blemish on an otherwise stellar résumé for Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald: The Wildcats are 0–4 in bowl games in his six-plus...
When the Northwestern Wildcats look to end their bowl game drought tomorrow (you might have heard a thing or two about it in the local media) they’ll do so with these new helmets on. Expect to see a lot of running with Venric Mark and Kain Colter at the Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi State, MSU has a cornerback named Johnathan Banks who will be a top 15 pick in the NFL Draft.
The collegiate career of Northwestern defensive tackle Brian Arnfelt has seen battles for playing time, then a fight through injuries. However, he will cap off his fifth season with the Wildcats playing in the Gator Bowl. For Arnfelt, it completes a long fight, which has earned him plenty of respect.
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.
Mississippi State fans were out in force at Monday's Gator Bowl Parade. Check out this fan and parade photo gallery.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Behind huge interceptions early and late, No. 21 Northwestern beat Mississippi State 34-20 in the Gator Bowl on Tuesday and snapped college football's longest postseason losing streak.
The Wildcats (10-3) won their first bowl game since 1949, snapping a nine-game losing streak that was tied for the longest in NCAA history. They also celebrated double...
Northwestern guard Sanjay Lumpkin suffered a wrist injury, another setback to his freshman season.
The Wildcats of Northwestern, coming off one of the more successful seasons in recent memory, get the pleasure of opening up a barrage of New Year’s Day bowl games that feature Big Ten squads. NU will square off with Mississippi State in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. The game will air on ESPN at noon E.T.
Here is how our staff sees things shaking out:
Andy Coppens (Co-managing...
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.
Photo Gallery of Mississippi State fans at the Jacksonville Landing in Jacksonville, Florida, December 30, 2012.
Northwestern guard Brian Mulroe joined teammates and his head coach to preview Tuesday's Gator Bowl game. PurpleWildcats offers a video interview with the senior captain as he looks to the contest in Jacksonville.
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.”
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.