December 6, 2010

Bulldogs going Gator Bowling

Mississippi State fans have been ringing their cowbells loud and proud all season long.

The maroon and white faithful will have one more opportunity as they literally ring in the new year at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., taking on Big Ten foe Michigan for the first time ever.

"I think it is fantastic," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "It is the first meeting between our two schools. For us and our players to play such a marquee program in obviously one of the most historic bowl games is something special. We couldn't be more excited. I can't wait to get going."

MSU has already pre-sold 16,000 tickets to the Gator Bowl which is already 1,000 more than their ticket allotment from the game.

"When you live in the South and are part of the Southeastern Conference a New Year's Day Bowl game in Florida is a pretty cool deal," said MSU director of athletics Scott Stricklin. "It's the first time in 70 years our program is going to have that opportunity. It's a pretty historic occasion. Dan and his coaches have done a great job and certainly our student-athletes have put in a lot of hard work, won eight games and earned a national ranking and this is a great reward for them and also for our fans who have brought every ticket to every game at our home stadium this year."

The Bulldogs had been rumored to go anywhere from the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta all the way down to the Music City Bowl in Nashville prior to their Sunday selection by the Gator Bowl committee. The decision was quite simple according to committee selection member Steve Tremel.

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