Mississippi State knows how to put disappointment in the rearview mirror.
After losing star quarterback Nick Fitzgerald to injury in the first quarter against Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl, then losing to the Rebels in the Egg Bowl and then losing its head coach, Mississippi State is full speed ahead.
That’s right, just days after Dan Mullen left Starkville to become head coach at Florida, the Bulldogs found their replacement in Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and received their invitation to the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville.
With the regular season complete, Mississippi State finds itself ranked No. 5 in the final SEC Country Power Poll. With the SEC Championship Game the only league game played this weekend, the Bulldogs remained where they were last week with a high vote of fourth and low of ninth.
Georgia took over the top spot for the first time this season, ahead of No. 2 Auburn, Alabama and LSU.
Mississippi State (8-4) meets Louisville on Dec. 30 (12 p.m., ESPN) at EverBank Field. Moorhead will not coach the team. Instead, running backs/special teams coordinator Greg Knox will be the team’s interim coach for the matchup.
“Our group of seniors is one victory away from tying the school record for wins by a senior class,” Knox said on the Mississippi State athletics site. “We look forward to seeing our Bulldog family turn out in Jacksonville as we play in a Florida bowl for the fifth time in eight seasons.”
Your Week 14 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Georgia (13 - 2)||260||20||3||1||1|
|2||Auburn (10 - 4)||232||0||1||2||3|
|3||Alabama (13 - 1)||228||0||2||2||3|
|4||LSU (9 - 4)||198||0||4||4||5|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||172||0||5||4||9|
|6||South Carolina (9 - 4)||150||0||6||5||12|
|7||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||137||0||7||5||10|
|8||Missouri (7 - 6)||121||0||8||5||10|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||105||0||9||8||11|
|10||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||85||0||10||8||11|
|11||Florida (4 - 7)||62||0||11||6||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||43||0||12||7||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||23||0||13||12||14|
|14||Tennessee (4 - 8)||4||0||14||12||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)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)