Last Saturday night, Mississippi State came out on a mission to prove that it was not to be overlooked in the SEC West. As it turns out, they did much more than that.
The Bulldogs, who came into the matchup with then-No. 12 LSU as 7.5-point underdogs, ended up with a record-setting 30-point win over the Tigers (37-7) and vaulted themselves up to No. 17 in the AP poll.
Mississippi State (3-0) clearly got the attention of several people across the country, and that includes CBS Sports analyst Aaron Taylor. He called that victory the most impressive one of Week 3 and raved about the school’s performance.
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) September 20, 2017
“Mississippi State brought a physicality to that game that, I think, shocked all of us,” Taylor said. “I got a chance to see them earlier in the year. I saw some of the smackings of that, but seeing what they did to LSU, beating them at their own game. They schemed them up, they beat them down on both sides of the football.”
The Bulldogs outgained the Tigers, 465-270, in total offense. Of that production, 285 of it came on the ground (5.9 yards per carry) to go with 2 TDs.
However, that wasn’t the end of Taylor’s praise, heaping some more love on Dan Mullen and Co.
“I think we all came into this season thinking that Auburn was going to make some noise in the West. I think that team this year is going to be Mississippi State.”