After reaching a high of No. 3 in the SEC Country Power Poll several weeks ago, Mississippi State is out of the top 5 following a 49-10 pounding at Auburn on Saturday night, the Bulldogs’ second straight loss.
Auburn jumped on Mississippi State (3-2, 1-2 SEC) early and didn’t let up with a balanced offense that put up near-identical numbers in passing (267) and rushing (244). The Bulldogs didn’t do themselves any favors with 10 penalties, including seven false starts that seemed to always come on third-and-short.
“I don’t think it’s time to panic. I don’t think we need to press,” Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald said after the game. “I don’t think we need to be frustrated. We just need to come out and focus on ourselves. When practicing, we really need to focus on a lot of individual drills, work on some techniques so they know what will get them through game weeks, and get some younger guys some reps.”
The Bulldogs fell two spots to No. 7 in the latest SEC Country Power Poll, released Sunday. The 27 voters placed the Bulldogs as high as fourth and as low as ninth. The top 5 is comprised of Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Florida and Texas A&M. As they have every week this season, the Crimson Tide received every first-place vote.
Mississippi State gets a week off to figure out things after being outscored a combined 80-13 against Auburn and Georgia the last two games. When the Bulldogs return to action Oct. 14, they’ll do so at home against BYU before returning to SEC play on Oct. 21 against Kentucky.
“The big plays really hurt today on the defensive side of the ball,” coach Dan Mullen said after the game. “There were some missed opportunities on the offensive side. Last week I don’t think we played well. I’m anxious to see the film this week to see if we played better than last week, but just missed some plays. If that’s the case then we’ll take a look and try to get that fixed. If we played worse than that’ll just be disappointing that we didn’t get better.”
Check back here every Sunday for the latest installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 5 Power Poll rankings
|1||Alabama (5 - 0)||351||27||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (5 - 0)||322||0||2||2||3|
|3||Auburn (4 - 1)||298||0||3||2||4|
|4||Florida (3 - 1)||265||0||4||4||5|
|5||Texas A&M (4 - 1)||223||0||8||4||13|
|6||Kentucky (4 - 1)||200||0||7||4||12|
|7||Mississippi State (3 - 2)||191||0||5||4||9|
|8||South Carolina (3 - 2)||135||0||11||7||13|
|9||Arkansas (2 - 2)||128||0||12||3||13|
|10||LSU (3 - 2)||115||0||6||7||13|
|11||Vanderbilt (3 - 2)||93||0||9||7||14|
|12||Tennessee (3 - 2)||81||0||10||6||13|
|13||Ole Miss (2 - 2)||49||0||13||7||14|
|14||Missouri (1 - 3)||6||0||14||9||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey ( SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith ( SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford ( SEC Country)
Ben Wolk ( SEC Country)
Brandon Walker ( SEC Country)
Chip Towers ( DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner ( SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh ( SEC Country)
Eric Bolin ( SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto ( SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson ( SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Ken Bradley ( SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker ( SEC Country)
Lauren Shute ( SEC Country)
Marq Burnett ( SEC Country)
Mike Griffith ( SEC Country)
Seth Emerson ( DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann ( SEC Country)
Trent Shadid ( SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi ( SEC Country)
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