After a huge win Saturday against the Missouri Tigers, a game that gave Kentucky a much-needed Top 50 RPI win and helped maintain hold of third place in the SEC, Mississippi State (2-12) stands next for the Wildcats.
The last place Bulldogs come into the game a 23 underdog riding a 12 game losing streak and while the game will only hurt Kentucky’s RPI, a loss to RPI 248 would be season ending.
Here’s your 7 degrees separating the ‘dogs from the ‘cats in which you’ll find 120 years, 10 bands, one color, and one magazine subscription that separates the two:
- In 1880, The Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi was opened. Similar to other agricultural education institutions, the school nickname was the “Aggies” until 1932 when the school became Mississippi State College. At that time, they dropped Aggies for “Maroons” after their primary school color. In 1961, the school became the Bulldogs.
- The Bulldog Bash is an annual outdoor concert held in Starkville. Considered to be the largest outdoor concert in the state of Mississippi, the concert is free and held in Starkville Cotton District, where many State students live. This year’s bash featured Eli Young Band, Andy Grammar and Gloriana. Past performers at The Bulldog Bash have included The Avett Brothers, Jake Owen, Jason Mraz, Third Eye Blind, Gavin Degraw, Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain.
- The school’s fight song is “Hail State,” which is played by the Famous Maroon Band not to be confused with Maroon 5, which have never played the Mississippi State fight song or appeared at the Bulldog Bash.
- Maroon 5, which played for the first time in Lexington, Kentucky in 2010, began as the band name “Kara’s flowers” in 1994 when the group was still in high school. After breaking up to attend college, they reformed in 2001 as Maroon 5, released an album titled “Songs about Jane” and were invited to open for John Mayer, Matchbox Twenty, and Sugar Ray in 2003.
- Adam Levine was featured in 2009 as one of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “Fun Fearless Males”. The same Cosmopolitan Magazine that published a short story in 1898 called “Sally Ann’s Experience”.
- During a speech in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt said “I cordially recommend the first chapter of Aunt Jane of Kentucky as a tract in all families where the menfolk tend to selfish or thoughtless or overbearing disregard to the rights of their womenfolk.” That first chapter, “Sally Ann’s Experience”.
- Although Adam Levine claims to have had a blast in Lexington, it is doubted that “Songs about Jane” title was in any way related to “Aunt Jane of Kentucky” which was republished in 1995 by the University of Kentucky. The same school that the once named “Maroons” will play on Wednesday night at 8:00PM.