When Dan Mullen was named the Florida football coach, a lot of attention went to his return to Mississippi State for a game the last Saturday in September of this upcoming season.
But there is a different matchup this season that Mullen is also familiar with.
His first game this year will be against Charleston Southern.
His first game last year was against Charleston Southern.
Mississippi State won that game 49-0. Some highlights:
* The Bulldogs had an edge in first downs 29-2.
* MSU had 274 passing yards and 281 rushing.
* Mississippi State had 86 offensive plays to just 47 for Charleston Southern.
* Charleston Southern averaged 0.7 yards a play.
The Buccaneers went on to have a 6-5 record (losing a game as Florida did to Hurricane Irma) and played one other Power Five team, a 27-0 loss to Indiana.
Gator fans may remember the last time Charleston Southern visited The Swamp. It was Tim Tebow’s senior season (and the year after Mullen left for Miss. State) and Florida won 62-3.
In that game:
* The Bucs did much better offensively with 228 passing yards and 18 first downs.
* Florida had 624 total yards, 373 rushing.
* After Charleston Southern’s only score, Brandon James returned the kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown..
* Tebow only ran twice, scoring on a one-yard run, and threw for 188 yards, including a scoring pass to the late Aaron Hernandez.
This will be the seventh time Charleston Southern has played an SEC team.