The last time State played on CBS was in 2005, when they hosted #4 Alabama. The Tide were 8-0 at the time led by Brodie Croyle at QB. MSU was 2-6 (0-5) having only beaten Division I-AA Murrey State and Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Tulane 21-14 in Shreveport, Louisiana. The game was 3-0 going into the 4th quarter, and then Alabama stretched their lead for a 17-0 victory.
The previous time before that was a 52-0 thrashing at the hands of #2 Florida in the Swamp in 2001 (Steve Spurrier’s last season) when State was ranked #21. You might call that the beginning of the end for Jackie Sherrill. But in 2000, #20 Mississippi State beat #15 Auburn 17-10 on CBS. That came only a week after CBS broadcast a huge game in which MSU beat #3 Florida 47-35 (State’s last win over a Top 10 team). Prior to that CBS televised #8 MSU vs. #11 Alabama in 1999 – the most high profile game MSU had played in since 1981 vs. Alabama (#7 vs. #8).
CBS began its partnership with the SEC in 1996. Since then, the above five games are the only times State has been broadcast by the network (the 1998 SEC Championship Game was on ABC). The 1999 game with Alabama and 2000 game with Florida were regional games with CBS broadcasting Big East games at the same time. In 2001, CBS began showcasing the SEC by broadcasting the ‘Game of the Week’ on national television. Only 3 times has MSU been on CBS’ national broadcast.
Everyone with a TV gets CBS. Every SEC fan knows they can turn it to CBS at 3:30 to see the best game of the week. This week MSU will be there. For all of the SEC to focus on, for the nation to see.