Mississippi State was in trouble from the opening snap Saturday night in Athens, Ga.
The visiting Bulldogs lost 6 yards on their first play, committed a 5-yard penalty on their second, and after punting the ball to Georgia, surrendered a 59-yard pass on the home Bulldogs’ first play. Mississippi State never recovered in losing its first game of the season, 31-3.
The 27 SEC Country Power Poll voters didn’t ding MSU too hard on Sunday, however, dropping the Bulldogs two spots to No. 5, a week a 37-7 rout of LSU lifted Mississippi State to No. 3.
Alabama remained No. 1, followed by Georgia (a unanimous choice at No. 2), Auburn and Florida.
Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald struggled against Georgia, completing 14 of 29 passes for just 83 yards with 2 interceptions. He was contained on the ground, too, gaining 47 yards on 10 carries.
“The great thing about the Southeastern Conference is you usually end up playing a better team the next week,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said following the game Saturday. “It’s not always about the one game in this league. It’s multiple games. Can you get through?
“They said we had one of the toughest schedules in the country to start out the season, and on the road against a top 10 team this week, and on the road against a top 10 again next week. Kind of funny to hear about how down the SEC is. Everybody talks about how down the SEC is, well we’re playing our third straight top-15 team, all conference games. I don’t know how down the league is, not in our schedule.”
The third straight top-15 team to which Mullen was referring is Auburn, the Bulldogs’ opponent this coming Saturday. The Tigers moved up to No. 13 in AP Top 25 released Sunday, while Mississippi State fell seven spots to 24th.
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Your Week 4 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||351||27||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||324||0||2||2||2|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||291||0||4||3||5|
|4||Florida (4 - 7)||257||0||5||3||7|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||242||0||3||3||8|
|6||LSU (9 - 4)||196||0||7||4||10|
|7||Kentucky (7 - 6)||181||0||8||5||11|
|8||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||151||0||12||5||14|
|9||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||115||0||6||5||13|
|10||Tennessee (4 - 8)||111||0||9||5||13|
|11||South Carolina (9 - 4)||101||0||10||8||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||78||0||11||4||13|
|13||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||54||0||13||9||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||5||0||14||10||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)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (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)