MSU football season opener against New Mexico likely to be moved to a Thursday night


Mike Leach

Mike Leach Photo by: Mississippi State Athletics


Ben Portnoy



STARKVILLE -- Mike Leach's debut in the maroon and white may come sooner than originally planned.


According to a source within the Mississippi State Athletic program, there's a "90 percent" chance the Bulldogs' season opener against New Mexico will be moved from Saturday, Sept. 5 to Thursday, Sept. 3. An official announcement is expected in the near future.


247Sports' David Murray first reported the news.



MSU last opened the season on a Thursday night in 2011 against Memphis. The Bulldogs downed the Tigers 59-14 at the Liberty Bowl that day.


As for Leach, his lone Thursday night season opener came in a 30-6 win over Brigham Young in Provo, Utah during the 2012 campaign -- his inaugural year at Washington State.


MSU's full schedule -- including the potential shift of the New Mexico game -- will be as follows:



Thursday Sept. 3: vs. New Mexico


Saturday Sept. 12: at North Carolina State


Saturday Sept. 19: vs. Arkansas


Saturday Sept. 26: vs. Tulane


Saturday Oct. 3: vs. Texas A&M


Saturday Oct. 10: BYE WEEK


Saturday Oct. 17: at Alabama


Saturday Oct. 24: at LSU


Saturday Oct. 31: vs. Auburn


Saturday Nov. 7: vs. Missouri


Saturday Nov. 14: at Kentucky


Saturday Nov. 21: vs. Alabama A&M


Thursday Nov. 26: at Ole Miss




Ben Portnoy reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @bportnoy15.


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