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Patriotism will be on display when two nationally ranked teams, Mississippi State and South Carolina, lock horns at 6:30 on Thursday night at MSU's Scott Field. It will be the first Division I-A football game played in 12 days.
American flags will be handed out at the stadium gates. A pregame ceremony is planned. Decals of the flag will be worn on the players' helmets.
It is State's first game against a Southeastern Conference opponent, and one that could allow the 17th-ranked Bulldogs (1-0) to climb the national polls before their Sept. 29 clash with second-ranked Florida. No. 18 South Carolina (2-0, 1-0 in the SEC) rallied in the fourth quarter last year …