Mississippi State football keeping eyes on the prize

Come December 28th, no division I FBS football program will have played in more Liberty Bowls than Mississippi State, tied for the most ever with five.

For the Bulldogs, it’s about much more than just getting to bowl season.

Even though they do that part extremely well, quietly in the top 10 of active bowl game streaks with 12 consecutive bids.

This year, MSU draws Texas Tech in the third of five bowl games on the Tuesday after Christmas with the chance to not only get to eight wins for the first time since 2017, but also eight bowl game wins during this current stretch of top-notch post-season consistency. Linebacker Nathanial Watson said, “I played in the second bowl game, and so not playing in that first one, but getting the amount of reps that I got and then second bowl game, get some more reps and being able to play in a bowl game helped a lot for the following year after that second bowl.”

Quarterback Will Rogers said, “Sometimes I think teams can kind of get lackadaisical when it comes to the bowl prep and stuff like that. Guys think about going out or the bowl site or all those different things. But I think the team has done a really good job of just kind of coming together and just realizing that we’re going down there to win a game. Nothing else. Not to have fun or go out or anything like that. We’re going down there to get an eighth win.”

The Auto Zone Liberty Bowl between MSU and Texas Tech starts at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis.

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