The SEC Has To Have Less Cowbell

You may be surprised to find out this actually matters. Over the past decade, Mississippi State’s had the best homefield advantage in the SEC, winning eight more games at home than they did on the road. Since MSU’s road record is an appalling 6-34, that means the Bulldogs are more than twice as likely to win in front of the clangorous cowbell cacophony than they are anywhere else. Part of that is an effect of MSU’s general dismal performance, but even the raw numbers are compelling: +8 is better than any other team in the SEC over the past decade, with only two teams (Ole Miss and Arkansas) within three games of the Bulldogs. What evidence exists actually suggests that this matters.