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Mississippi State agrees to three-game series with Southern Miss

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Mississippi State will renew its rivalry with Southern Miss, as the programs announced an agreement on a three-game series Tuesday.

The first matchup will be September 7, 2019, in a guarantee game for Southern Miss; the amount that USM will receive for its trip to Starkville has not been made public. Mississippi State also will host the second matchup on September 23, 2023, then travel to Hattiesburg for the third game on September 14, 2024.

The teams have played 29 times – the first meeting was in 1935 – and the series is 14-14-1. They most recently played in 2015, which was the second game of a two-year home-and-home series. But those were the first two meetings since 1990. The schools met every season from 1975-90 and met nine times between 1964-73.

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Southern Miss hasn’t played Ole Miss since 1984. The schools met annually except for one season from 1966-84; only one of those games was in Hattiesburg, though, with most in Oxford and four in Jackson.

Southern Miss faces several SEC opponents during the next few years, including Kentucky in the season-opener on September 2 and Tennessee on November 4. The Golden Eagles also has road games scheduled against Auburn in 2018, Alabama in 2019 and Auburn in 2020.

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