Mississippi State has appeared in 26 bowl games throughout its history, with the last 13 of them occurring in the Bulldogs' still active bowl streak.
The Bulldogs wore have worn maroon jerseys in 15 bowl games and white in the other 11; they have a 12-3 record in maroon but are only 3-8 in white.
State has worn maroon helmets in all but four of their bowl games; in addition to wearing non-maroon leather helmets in the 1937 Orange Bowl, the Bulldogs wore white helmets in the 2000 Independence, 2007 Liberty, and 2019 Music City Bowls, two of which were wins.
Maroon pants have been worn in 8 bowl games to a 5-3 record; gray pants have been worn 3 times to a 2-1 record. In the 15 other bowl games, State has worn white pants to a 8-7 record.
The most common combination for Mississippi State to wear in bowl games is Maroon-Maroon-White, which has been worn in 7 bowls (1963, 1974, 1981, 1991, 1999, 2017, 2021) to a 5-2 record.
2023 ReliaQuest Bowl (2022 Season)
After an 8-4 2022 season that included a road Egg Bowl victory, Mississippi State returned to the ReliaQuest Bowl (formerly known as the Outback Bowl) in Tampa.
Tragically, Head Coach Mike Leach passed away in December 2022, three weeks prior to the game. Playing for Coach Leach, Mississippi State banded together under new HC Zach Arnett and defeated Illinois 19-10 to finish off a 9-win season.
To honor Coach Leach, the Bulldogs wore a special pirate flag decal on the right side of the maroon helmets. Maroon-Maroon-Gray was worn for the second time ever in a bowl game; with the win, State built on the 2015 Belk Bowl victory to improve to 2-0 all-time in M-M-G in bowl games.
2021 Liberty Bowl
In Mike Leach's second season at Mississippi State, the Bulldogs had a typical Leach season, pulling some upsets but being upset a couple times themselves. Finishing with a 7-5 regular season record, State extended its bowl streak and earned a bid to the 2021 Liberty Bowl, in which they fell to Leach's former Texas Tech team.
Mississippi State wore its classic Maroon-Maroon-White combination in the 2021 Liberty Bowl; the defeat marked the Bulldogs' first bowl loss in maroon jerseys since the 1991 Liberty Bowl.
2020 Armed Forces Bowl
In the COVID-altered 2020 season, Mississippi State played an SEC-only regular season schedule, qualifying for a bowl game with just a 3-7 record. In Mike Leach's first bowl game as head coach of the Bulldogs, State pulled out a 28-26 victory over a 6-2 Tulsa team to earn its first bowl victory since 2017.
Mississippi State wore all-maroon in its 2020 Armed Forces Bowl victory; the win extended State's bowl winning streak in maroon jerseys to 7 games and bowl winning streak in maroon jerseys and maroon pants to 5 games.
2019 Music City Bowl
In the Bulldogs' second bowl game of the 2019 calendar year, they traveled to Nashville to play Louisville in a bowl game for the second time in three years. Unlike the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl, the Bulldogs were unable to pull out a win over the Cardinals, squandering a 14-0 lead en route to a 38-28 loss.
State wore All-White in the 2019 Music City Bowl; it was the fourth time that the Bulldogs had worn the combination in 2019, but only the third time in 23 bowls that white helmets had been worn, with the previous two times being the 2000 Independence and 2007 Liberty Bowls.
2019 Outback Bowl (2018 Season)
In Nick Fitzgerald's final game as a Bulldog and Joe Moorhead's first bowl game as Head Coach, Mississippi State couldn't overcome a flurry of penalties and other unforced mistakes, dropping a 27-22 contest to the Iowa Hawkeyes.
State wore matte maroon helmets with white jerseys and white pants in the Outback Bowl on the first day of 2019. It was the first time the Bulldogs had worn white jerseys in a bowl game since the 2014 Orange Bowl, the fourth bowl in which they'd worn matte helmets, and the third in which they'd worn the Matte/White/White combo.
2017 TaxSlayer Bowl
Following an 8-4 season that ended with Nick Fitzgerald gets injured in the first quarter of a disappointing Egg Bowl loss, Dan Mullen left to go to Florida. With Greg Knox as interm HC and Keytaon Thompson as QB, the Bulldogs had to face the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals. Against all odds, State defeated Louisville, behind three interceptions by Mark McLaurin, to win the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl.
The 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl was the first in which Mississippi State had worn Maroon-Maroon-White since the 1999 Peach Bowl. It was the third straight bowl in which State had worn maroon jerseys; they had worn maroon and gray pants in the previous two bowls.
2016 St. Petersburg Bowl
Despite finishing 5-7, the Bulldogs were able to extend their bowl streak in 2016 due to an over-abundance of bowls and a high APR. Facing Miami (OH) in the St. Petersburg Bowl, the Bulldogs held on to a victory by blocking a field goal as time expired.
2016 was possibly one of the least appealing bowl game looks in program history; the Bulldogs' mis-matched all maroon look in the poor lighting of Tropicana Field was appropriate for a 5-7 bowl team.
2015 Belk Bowl
In Dak Prescott's final game as a Bulldog, Mississippi State defeated NC State in the rain in Charlotte, NC. A nice cap to a 9-4 season, the Bulldogs led the entire game and sent Dak out with a win.
The 2015 Belk Bowl was the first time that State had ever worn gray pants with maroon jerseys in a bowl game; they had previously worn gray pants with white jerseys in the Gator Bowl three years prior.
2014 Orange Bowl
In State's first ever New Year's Six Bowl Game, the Bulldogs fell to Georgia Tech in Orange Bowl. Mississippi State's first Orange Bowl appearance since 1941 came after a 10-2 season in which they were ranked #1 for a good portion of the year.
Mississippi State wore white versions of the popular "DWS 100" uniforms in the Orange Bowl, featuring matte helmets, black outlines on the jersey, and the same oversized pants logo.
2013 Liberty Bowl
After winning the final two games of the season to become bowl eligible, State competed in the 2013 Liberty Bowl. The Bulldogs thrashed Rice, 44-7, in what you could argue was Dak Prescott's coming out game.
State wore mono-maroon in the 2013 Liberty Bowl, just as they had in the 2007 Liberty Bowl (but with white helmets.) It was the first time since the 1941 Orange Bowl that State had worn all-maroon, helmet included, in a bowl game.
2013 Gator Bowl (2012 Season)
The Bulldogs started out the 2012 season 7-0, but stumbled down the stretch to finish the regular season 8-4. Playing in their second Gator Bowl in three years, the Bulldogs lost 34-20 to Northwestern on New Year's Day 2013.
State wore a very unique combination in the 2013 Gator Bowl: matte helmets, with the thick stripe removed and silver facemasks (which had previously been worn with the "Snow Bowl" helmets) added, the "Snow Bowl" jerseys with silver numbers, and gray pants.
2011 Music City Bowl
State handily won the 2011 Egg Bowl to get to 6-6 on the season and attain bowl eligibility; the Bulldogs went on to defeat Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl to win their second bowl game in the calendar year.
In the 2011 Music City Bowl, Mississippi State debuted a new helmet design: matte maroon with a silver outline on the helmet logo. The same exact design would be worn again three years later in the 2014 Orange Bowl.
2011 Gator Bowl (2010 Season)
In Dan Mullen's season season as Head Coach, Mississippi State won eight regular season game to become bowl eligible for the first time in three years. Playing in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day 2011, Mississippi State blew past Michigan in a statement 52-14 win.
Mississippi State wore it's standard road Maroon-White-White combo in the 2011 Gator Bowl; Chris Relf wore #36 in the game to honor teammate Nick Bell, who passed away from cancer during the 2010 season.
2007 Liberty Bowl
In Sylvester Croom's only winning season as Head Coach, Mississippi State had a successful 7-5 regular season and earned a bid to the Liberty Bowl. The Bulldogs won a defensive battle on an Anthony Dixon touchdown run with less than two minutes left in the game.
As they had in three regular season games in 2007, the Bulldogs wore White-Maroon-Maroon in the Liberty Bowl; it was the second bowl game in which the Bulldogs had worn white helmets and the first in that particular color combination.
2000 Independence Bowl
Following a 7-4 regular season, Mississippi State earned a bid to the 2000 Independence Bowl. In what later became known as the "Snow Bowl," the Bulldogs defeated Texas A&M in an overtime thriller in heavy snow.
Wearing white helmets for the first time since 1972, Mississippi State's brand new all-white look ended up being extremely appropriate for the game's weather conditions; the Bulldogs were nearly camouflaged in the heavy snow.
1999 Peach Bowl
After a very successful 9-2 regular season, Mississippi State made its third Peach Bowl appearance of the 1990s, this time defeated Clemson to finish the season with an impressive 10-2 record.
The 1999 Peach Bowl was the 5th bowl in State had worn Maroon-Maroon-White; it had last been worn in the 1991 Liberty Bowl and wouldn't be worn in a bowl again until the 2018 TaxSlayer Bowl.
1999 Cotton Bowl (1998 Season)
Mississippi State won its first (and thus far only) SEC West Championship in 1998 with a 6-2 conference record; they fell short of the SEC title, losing to Tennessee in SEC Championship Game. Afterwards, they played in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Eve 1999, losing to Texas.
State wore Maroon-White-White in the each of the final three games of the 1998 season: the Egg Bowl, SEC Championship Game, and the Cotton Bowl.
1995 Peach Bowl (1994 Season)
After missing a bowl game the previous season, Mississippi State posted an 8-3 regular season record in 1994 and went back to the Peach Bowl. This time they faced NC State, but were again defeated by their ACC opponent.
Mississippi State wore the exact same combination in the 1995 Peach Bowl as it did in the 1993 Peach Bowl: Maroon-White-Maroon. Both Peach Bowls were also 4-point losses to North Carolina schools- I'm sure there was plenty of Deja Vu for Mississippi State fans after this one.
1993 Peach Bowl (1992 Season)
Mississippi State made its second bowl appearance in as many years following a 7-4 regular season in 1992; playing in the Peach Bowl on Jan 2, 1993, the Bulldogs were defeated by North Carolina 21-17.
After only wearing white pants during the regular season, Mississippi State wore brand new maroon pants in the 1993 Peach Bowl. It was the first time that State had worn maroon pants since 1985, and the first time they'd worn maroon pants in a bowl game since the 1941 Orange Bowl.
1991 Liberty Bowl
In Jackie Sherill's first season as Head Coach, Mississippi State went to its first bowl game in ten years. Playing in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, the Bulldogs were defeated by Air Force 38-15.
As the home team, Mississippi State wore Maroon-Maroon-White in the 1991 Liberty Bowl; it was the fourth time in five bowl games that the Bulldogs had worn M-M-W.
1981 Hall of Fame Classic
Playing in a bowl game in back to back years for the first time ever, Mississippi State defeated Kansas 10-0 in Birmingham to claim the Hall of Fame Classic title.
State wore its classic Maroon-Maroon-White home look for the bowl game; the Hall of Fame Classic had large patches that went on each shoulder.
1980 Sun Bowl
Following a 9-2 season that included a win over 1. Alabama, John Bond and Mississippi State traveled to El Paso, TX and were defeated by Nebraska in the Sun Bowl.
As the "away" team, Mississippi State wore Maroon-White-White in the 1980 Sun Bowl; it was the first time that State had ever worn white jerseys in a bowl game.
1974 Sun Bowl
Led by QB Rockey Felker, Mississippi State made its first bowl game in 11 years in 1974. By defeating North Carolina in the Sun Bowl, the Bulldogs finished the season with a solid 9-3 record.
Just as they had in the 1963 Liberty Bowl, State wore Maroon-Maroon-White in the 1974 Sun Bowl; the 1974 helmets featured a block "MS" logo.
1963 Liberty Bowl
Mississippi State's first ever nationally televised football game was the 1963 Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia, PA. Playing in their first bowl game in 22 years, the Bulldogs defeated NC State 16-12.
Mississippi State wore Maroon-Maroon-White in the 1963 Liberty Bowl; the 1963 helmets featured a Bulldog logo, while the jerseys sleeves had white cuffs and the pants had double maroon stripes.
1941 Orange Bowl (1940 Season)
A year prior to winning the program's only SEC Championship, the Mississippi State Maroons posted an undefeated 9-0-1 regular season record in 1940 and were selected to play in their second Orange Bowl in five years. By defeating Georgetown, the Bulldogs secured their first ever bowl win and their first (and as of 2018, only) undefeated season.
The 1941 uniforms were all-maroon, including the helmets, with "northwestern" stripes on the sleeve.
1937 Orange Bowl (1936 Season)
After posting a 7-2-1 regular season record in 1936, the Mississippi State Maroons were selected to play in their first ever bowl game: the 1937 Orange Bowl, which they lost 13-12 to Duquesne.
The 1937 uniforms were all-maroon, excluding the helmets; they didn't feature any stripes or extra design other than the numbers on front and back.