Auburn vs. Southern Miss

Auburn's Seth Williams (18) and Darius Slayton (81) react after a touchdown in the first half. Auburn vs. Southern Miss on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.

It’s the first SEC road game of the season for Auburn. The Tigers are set to take on Mississippi State on Saturday in Starkville under the lights.

The trip to Starkville is 239 miles, approximately four hours from Auburn University. If you are making the trek across state lines to Mississippi State or if you’re staying at home to watch the game, here’s everything you need to know for game-day.

Important Times

Tiger Walk

Auburn vs. LSU Tiger Walk

Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham reaches to high-five an Auburn fan Saturday during Tiger Walk.

  • Two hours before kickoff (4:30 p.m.)

Kickoff

Auburn vs. Southern Miss

Auburn's Anderson Carlson (26) kicks the ball in the first half. Auburn vs. Southern Miss on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.

  • 6:30 p.m. at Davis-Wade Stadium

Game

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m.

TV: ESPN 2

Auburn at Miss State

Pregame Auburn at Miss State on Saturday, Oct., 8, 2016 in Starkville, MS Todd Van Emst/tvemst@oanow.com

Gates open: 4:15 p.m.

Digital coverage: Follow along with in-game updates and observations from our team here on oanow.com.

Weather:

It may be the first Saturday in October, but it will still feel like summer. According to the National Weather Service, Friday night is expected to be partly cloudy with winds of 5 mph and a low of 68. Saturday, on the other hand, will be hot and sunny with highs nearing 92. Saturday night will be partly cloudy with a low of 68.

Mississippi State game-day:

If you want to partake in any of the local traditions at Mississippi State, such as the Dawg Walk, you should be prepared. Mississippi State provides fans with a complete game-day guide full of traditions and times.

For more information on the Mississippi State game-day experience you can visit the Mississippi State Athletics website or click here

Toomer's Corner

Iron Bowl 2017

Toilet paper drapes from the trees at Toomer's Corner on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (Emily Enfinger/eenfinger@oanow.com)

Rolling Toomer's has become a ritual at Auburn after big wins, and if Auburn is able to defeat Mississippi State, fans will get a chance to partake in this storied tradition.

However, fans may not roll every tree on Toomer's Corner. The university is asking fans to refrain from rolling the Auburn Oaks at Toomer's Corner. Fans should also refrain from rolling the 10 smaller Oaks lining the walkway from Toomer's Corner to Samford Hall.

Fans may roll the Oak and two Magnolia trees in front of Biggin Hall. The four Oaks on College Street also are designated for rolling this season.

Clear Bag Policy

The SEC clear-bag policy is also in effect at Mississippi State. Clear bags may not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches. Fans are allowed to bring in non-clear bags, however, they must be 6.5 inches by 4.5 inches (roughly the size of a hand).

An approved logo no larger than 4.5 inches by 3.4 inches may be displayed on one side of an acceptable clear bag.

If you are planning to bring in a bag for medical needs into the stadium, fans may have their bags inspected at Gates F and I.

Each ticket holder may bring one large clear bag, as long it does not exceed the size restrictions. Fans may also bring in seat cushions without pockets and stadium chairs that do not have arms or pockets.

Like Auburn, Mississippi State is allowing fans to bring one clear water bottle, full or empty, into the stadium. Fans are limited to one water bottle per person.

Tailgating

One of the most popular places to tailgate in Starkville is The Junction. Termed ‘ground zero’ for football tailgating by Mississippi State University, the Junction is ‘the’ place to tailgate on Saturday.

The Junction is located by Davis Wade Stadium, Barnes & Noble bookstore and the University Welcome Center. The tailgating area is linked by paved walkways and green space, which is ideal for tailgating.

If you plan on entering enemy territory to tailgate, fans can begin leaving tents in tailgating areas at 5 a.m. Friday at The Junctions. Tents may be dropped off at designated tailgating areas. The tents may not block sidewalks, crosswalks or roads.

Tailgating, however, may not begin until 4 p.m. when guests can set up tents and begin ‘picnicking’. The tailgate/picnic areas close at midnight daily (Friday and Saturday).

If you plan on bringing your furry friend to Mississippi State, you may not be able to bring it to a tailgate. Pets are prohibited on campus beginning at noon on Friday, except for service animals.

Parking

Mississippi State offers fans several parking options, both free and paid permit options. To see a map of all parking locations, click here.

Fans are reminded that they are not allowed to save parking spaces or park on the grass unless parked in designated areas.

There are also several guidelines for parking and parking lots at Mississippi State. Fans are not allowed to have tents, tables or chairs in parking spaces or on sidewalks.

RV Parking

If fans intend on bringing an RV to Starkville, know that the university offers two RV parking options, public and reserved.

Public RV parking is located at the Mississippi Horsepark. Fans may make reservations for the public lot by calling 662-325-9350 or can visit this link provided by Mississippi State. There will also be public transit for fans that tailgate in this area.

Reserved RV parking can be found in parking lots 26, 34, and 38. The lots will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday. RV lot 29 is also available for reserved parking. The lot will open at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Traffic

As in Auburn, game-day traffic is a problem in any college town, including Starkville. The University plans to close off several roads beginning Friday in preparation for the game Saturday. Friday at 2 p.m. BS Hood Drive will close.

There will be several more road closures on Saturday beginning at 2:30 p.m.:

  • Creelman Street (from Tracy Drive to Stone Boulevard)
  • Stone Boulevard (from Bost Drive to Bully Boulevard)
  • Barr Avenue (from Bost Drive to Collegeview Drive)
  • Collegeview Drive (from Bailey Howell Drive to Barr Avenue)
  • Ole Bully Boulevard (from Bully Boulevard)

To see a full map of road closures at Mississippi State, click here.

Transit

Mississippi State will offer fans free transit services on game day. The transit will transport fans from on and off campus locations to Giles Hall, Newell Grissom and Old Main Academic Center.

The transit will begin four hours before kickoff (approximately 2:30 p.m.) and will run until two hours following the end of the game.

Shuttle routes:

  • ADA Public North to Ole Main Academic Center
  • ADA Public South to Newell Grissom
  • Research Park public parking to Giles Hall
  • Wise Center and Rec Plex to Newell Grissom
  • Starkville Daily News to Giles Hall
  • Mississippi Horsepark to Newell Grissom

To see full transit routes click here.

Visiting Starkville

If you plan on making the drive to Mississippi State, you want to be prepared before you arrive. Whether you need a place to eat or something to do, there are plenty of options available.

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership has put together a game-day guide for visiting fans this weekend. To see a full list of events in the town and for more information about Starkville, you can visit their website.

Where to eat

If you find yourself in Starkville on Saturday, chances are you’ll have to eat. Here are some of the top customer-reviewed restaurants in Starkville from Yelp.com.

Chop house

The Chop House Grill specializes in homemade hamburgers and Southern cuisine, but offer a variety of options for any taste.

  • The Camphouse
    • Price point: $$
    • Cuisine: local fine dining, casual
    • Menu highlights: Build your own man n’ cheese, patty melt, French dip, boiled shrimp
    • Location: 409 University Drive
  • The Veranda
    • Price point: $$
    • Cuisine: New American with southern accents, upscale
    • Menu highlights: Ribeye steak, grilled Salmon, bacon wrapped chipotle shrimp
    • Location: 208 Lincoln Green
  • Central Station Grill
    • Price point: $$
    • Cuisine: American, Southern, Tex-Mex, casual
    • Menu highlights: Fried Monterey jack cheese sticks, steak skewer, sliders
    • Location: 200 S Montgomery Street
  • Oby’s
    • Price point: $$
    • Cuisine: Cajun, casual
    • Menu highlights: catfish, hushpuppies, fried chicken, Rotel dip
    • Location: 504 Academy Road
  • Two Brothers Smoked Meats
    • Price point: $$
    • Cuisine: Barbeque, Tex-Mex, casual
    • Menu highlights: street tacos, smoked chicken wings, pulled pork grilled cheese
    • Location: 103 C Rue Du Grand Fromage
  • Bulldog Burger
    • Price point: $$
    • Cuisine: American, gourmet burgers, casual
    • Menu highlights: Freshman 15 burger, triple chocolate skillet cake, mushroom and swiss burger
    • Location: 702 University Drive

If eating breakfast on the morning of football games is your thing, check out top customer-reviewed breakfast places in Starkville from Yelp.com.

Breakfast food

Scrambled eggs with rotel and spinach for breakfast. (Photo: Rachel Berube)

  • Starkville Café
    • Price point: $
    • Cuisine: Southern, breakfast, casual
    • Menu highlights: chocolate chip pancakes, grits, eggs, biscuits and gravy
    • Location: 211 E Main Street
  • City Bagel Café
    • Price point: $
    • Cuisine: Bagels, Italian, casual
    • Menu highlights: Onion bagel, cinnamon sugar bagel, bagel and egg breakfast sandwich
    • Location: 511 University Drive
  • The Biscuit Shop
    • Price point: $
    • Cuisine: Breakfast, southern, casual
    • Menu highlights: blueberry biscuit, sausage Rotel biscuit, lemon biscuit
    • Location: 104 S Washington Street
  • Restaurant Tyler
    • Price point: $$
    • Cuisine: Southern, American, casual
    • Menu highlights: Belgium waffle, chicken and waffles, steak biscuit, Mississippi river biscuit
    • Location: 100 E Main Street
  • Shipley Do-nuts
    • Price point: $$
    • Cuisine: Doughnuts, breakfast, casual
    • Menu highlights: Kolaches, caramel donut, glazed donut
    • Location: 418 E Highway 12 E
  • Harvey’s
    • Price point: $$
    • Cuisine: American, seafood, steakhouse, business casual
    • Menu highlights: Shrimp and grits, chicken biscuit, eggs Benedict, steak and eggs
    • Location: 206 Highway 12 E

What to do

Starkville may only have a population of 25,352, according to US Census of 2017, however, there are plenty of things to do in town before the game kicks off on Saturday night.

Nightlife

If you are planning to spend a night on the town in Starkville, check out some top customer-reviewed bars and pubs in Starkville from Yelp.com.

  • The Guest Room
    • Location: 100 E Main Street
    • Hours: Friday: 4:30 p.m. – 1 a.m., Saturday: 4:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    • Food: Yes
  • Fountain bar
    • Location: 700 University Drive
    • Hours: not listed
    • Food: Yes
  • Hobie’s Right Field Tiki on Main
    • Location: 217 Main Street
    • Hours: Friday: 4 p.m. - 1 a.m., Saturday: 4 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    • Food: Yes
  • Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern
    • Location: 410 A Martin Luther King Drive East
    • Hours: Friday: 2 p.m. – 1 a.m., Saturday: 2 p.m. – 1 a.m.
    • Food: Yes
  • Beer Garden at Hotel Chester
    • Location: 101 N Jackson Street
    • Hours: Friday: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., Saturday: 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.
    • Food: Yes

Museums and attractions

If you have time while in Starkville, there are several museums and historical attractions in the area. 

Museums
  • Okitbbeha Heritage Museum
    • Locations: 206 Fellowship Street (Mitchell Memorial Library)
    • About: History of Starkville and the county
  • Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library and Museum
    • Location: 395 Hardy Road (Mitchell Memorial Library)
    • About: Ulysses S. Grant and his military, political and personal lives
  • Templeton Music Museum
    • Location: 395 Hardy Road (Mitchell Memorial Library)
    • About: Music in the late 1800s and early 1900s
  • Wade Clock Museum
    • Location: Cullis Wade Depot (Mississippi State University campus)
    • About: Clocks as far back as the 1700s
  • Mississippi Entomological Museum
    • Location: Clay Lyle Entomology Building (Mississippi State University campus)
    • About: Insects
  • BMW Motorcycle Museum
    • Location: 3400 Earles Fork Road
    • About: Motorcycles built before 1984

More museums and local collections can be found here

Historic places
  • Hotel Chester
    • Location: 101 N Jackson Street
    • About: Built in 1925
  • Overstreet School
    • Location: 307 S Jackson Street
    • About: First elementary school in Starkville
  • Starkville City Jail
    • Location: 110 W Main Street
    • About: Johnny Cash was incarcerated at the jail in 1965
Historic Districts
  • Nash Street District
  • Cotton District
  • Greensboro District
  • Overstreet District

For more information and more historical places in Starkville, visit the The Greater Starkville Development Partnership's website.

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