Credit: Mississippi State Athletics
Mississippi State learned its 2024 Southeastern Conference opponents on Wednesday night, June 13. The announcement was made LIVE on SEC Network’s SEC Now: 2024 Football Opponents Reveal show.
2024 SEC opponents: The Bulldogs will play home games against Arkansas, Florida, Missouri and Texas A&M. They will travel to Georgia, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas.
Dates of games will be announced later this year.
SEC teams in 2024 will play eight conference games plus one required opponent from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 or major independent during the 2024 season when the SEC becomes a 16-team conference.
2024 non conference opponents: As previously announced, the Bulldogs will host Eastern Kentucky (Aug. 31), Utah State (Sept. 14) and UMass (Oct. 19) and travel to Arizona State (Sept. 7).
Schedule info from the SEC office: The slate of conference home and away designations in 2024 was built with the provision that no school will travel to the same location to which it traveled in 2023. The 2024 SEC opponents were determined based on two primary factors: traditional opponents and balance of schedule strength.
Balance of schedule strength was based on each school’s conference winning percentage since the last expansion of the SEC in 2012. The winning percentages for the performance of Oklahoma and Texas in the Big 12 since 2012 were included in determining 16 positions ranked by winning percentage.
Each school’s schedule in 2024 will include four opponents – two home and two away — whose winning percentage ranked among the top eight conference winning percentages since 2012. Also, each school’s 2024 schedule will include four opponents – two home and two away — whose winning percentages ranked among the second eight conference winning percentages since 2012.
While no school will travel to the same location to which it traveled in 2023, it should be noted that when a long-term schedule format is determined, it may not be possible to structure a schedule that does not include some schools playing at the same location in back-to-back years in the first year of a new format.
Of note: It was also previously announced the SEC will eliminate divisional standings beginning in 2024. The SEC Championship Game will feature the two top teams in the Conference standings at the end of the regular season.