National title could be on the line at Mississippi Bowl VIII

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Bowl has had national title implications frequently throughout its history.

Mississippi Bowl VIII could be in the spotlight again after Saturday’s MACJC championship game. No. 6 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (8-2) faces No. 1 Northwest (9-1) in Senatobia set for 2 p.m.

“The buildup to our bowl game is goes on all season long,” said Bert Pickard, Mississippi Bowl committee chair. “We’re excited to see what happens this weekend and finish putting together a great matchup.

The Mississippi Bowl will be played on Dec. 6 with kickoff at Biloxi Indians Stadium slated for 2 p.m. Gulf Coast has played in the game three times, winning all three. Northwest has not played in the Mississippi Bowl.

The game has seen the national champion crowned the last two years, with East Mississippi beating Georgia Military in 2013 and Iowa Western last year.

Invitations to NJCAA-sanctioned bowl berths can be awarded Nov. 17.

Past Mississippi Bowl results

2008: Gulf Coast 41, Georgia Military College 7

2009: East Mississippi 27, Arizona Western 24

2010: Gulf Coast 62, Grand Rapids 53

2011: Gulf Coast 46, Blinn 17

2012: Garden City 21, Copiah-Lincoln 29

2013: East Mississippi 52, Georgia Military College 32

2014: East Mississippi 34, Iowa Western 17

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