Though the Mississippi State Bulldogs won’t have coach Dan Mullen leading them during the TaxSlayer Bowl against Louisville, they’ll have one advantage over the Cardinals.
That advantage? The bowl game, which will be held in Jacksonville, will reportedly allow Bulldog fans to bring cowbells to the game.
That good news was reported by Mississippi State beat writer Joel Coleman on Twitter on Sunday afternoon:
Cowbells will be allowed at the Taxslayer Bowl
— Joel Coleman (@JoelTColeman) December 3, 2017
The Mississippi State defense will have its hands full with Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, but the team underwent a massive turnaround on that side of the ball this year.
Now that cowbells will be in the mix — one of the most intimidating home-field advantages in the SEC — the Bulldogs will be able to get in Jackson’s head as long as fans show up in droves.
Whether or not that will be enough to slow down the explosive Cardinals’ offense remains to be seen, but it certainly won’t hurt.