Mississippi State will play in Mobile

If find this hard to believe:

MOBILE, Alabama – As the start of fall practice draws closer for South Alabama’s sixth season of football, the interest in the Jaguars’ home opener continues to increase. The Jags, who are off the first week of the season (Aug. 30 weekend) and open the season on Sat., Sept. 6 at Kent State, will play SEC West Division member Mississippi State at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in a 3 p.m. CDT game that will also be broadcast on ESPNews.

That’s right.  State will play an away game against South Alabama.

Some will try to spin this as a way to develop recruiting in the fertile Mobile area, but this is some way to do it.

On the other hand, the Dogs’ other out-of-conference home games include Southern Miss, UAB and UT-Martin.  Maybe they were too embarrassed to add the Jags to that slate.

In reality, I guess this speaks to the difficulty of scheduling that fourth OOC game, even if you are an SEC member.