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Mississippi State is shutting down football activities, Auburn-MSU game canceled

The Tigers and Bulldogs will not play this Saturday due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

Head coach Mike Leach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs react to a call during a NCAA football game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 26, 2020 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Update: 3:35 p.m. Saturday’s Auburn vs. Mississippi State is now canceled.


Another SEC game this week will not being played, as a Covid outbreak amongst the Mississippi State Bulldogs shall keep their game with the #24 Auburn Tigers from happening on Saturday.

With the Alabama-LSU game already on the rocks due to Covid-19, it might be a real short week in the SEC West. New MSU head coach Mike Leach has also expressed skepticism about the efficacy of masks previously, and is never afraid to be outspoken on social media about his beliefs about the virus.

It might not be the worst thing for the Bulldogs to not play this weekend, as the team is 2-4 this season and struggled with lowly Vanderbilt before pulling out a 24-17 victory. Prior to the win they had scored 30 points in their prior four games, all losses.

Leach has had plenty of defections and opt-outs already this season, and that seems to be a pattern for the first-year SEC head coach, who had the same pattern during his previous stops at Texas Tech and Washington State. The uncut Air Raid offensive system and its unusual style, instillation, and practice methods don’t always make players used to something more conventional happy.

Mississippi State was a 15.5 point underdog at DraftKings Sportsbook.