Mississippi State finished the regular season 5-7.
But the Bulldogs have another game — they’re playing Miami (Ohio) in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Dec. 26.
That’s a big deal consider the way Mississippi State’s season was all over the place in 2016.
“This is a great opportunity for one of the winningest senior classes in school history and for our program to build momentum for 2017,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said Sunday.
It’s a great way to look at things. Mississippi State is ranked No. 11 in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll. The Bulldogs lost two in a row before routing rival Ole Miss in the season-ending Egg Bowl 55-20.
The biggest thing for Mullen to build on happens to be at the most important position on the field.
Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald.
The sophomore can cap a huge season with a momentum-building performance for 2017 in St. Petersburg. Here’s a quick glance at his season:
— 1,243 rushing yards, 14 TDs, 103.6 rushing yards per game
— 2,281 passing yards, 21 TDs, 10 interceptions
He had a 417-yard passing game with 5 touchdowns against Samford and ran 14 times for 258 yards against Ole Miss.
Your Week 14 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||208||16||1||1||1|
|2||Auburn (8 - 5)||183||0||2||2||5|
|3||LSU (8 - 4)||178||0||4||2||4|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||159||0||3||2||6|
|5||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||138||0||5||4||9|
|6||Tennessee (9 - 4)||121||0||6||4||11|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||107||0||8||4||10|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||97||0||7||7||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||91||0||9||6||12|
|10||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||63||0||10||8||14|
|11||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||49||0||11||8||14|
|12||South Carolina (6 - 7)||36||0||12||10||13|
|13||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||16||0||13||10||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||10||0||14||11||14|
This week's voters:
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Otis Kirk (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)