Mississippi State’s stay in the Associated Press Top 25 poll was not a lengthy one.
The Bulldogs joined the rankings for Week 5 at No. 21, but after a 30-17 loss Saturday to No. 9 Texas A&M, they were back out of the poll. Mississippi State did collect 11 points, which puts them at No. 33 in the nation. They earned 14 points in the Amway Coaches Poll, which was also good for 33rd.
Dak Prescott had a solid game with 210 yards passing and 96 rushing, but the Bulldogs lost two fumbles and the defense struggled to contain Texas A&M’s high-octane offense, especially in the first half.
The Bulldogs’ offensive line wasn’t the first group to struggle against the Aggies’ awesome pass rushers, and won’t be the last. One bright spot beyond Prescott was true freshman Malik Dear, who had two catches for 23 yards but made the biggest play of the day on a 52-yard touchdown run.
Mississippi State has a favorable schedule for the next month, with non-conference games against Troy and Louisiana Tech followed by SEC contests against Kentucky and at Missouri. The Bulldogs could be back in the rankings when they have another chance to knock off an SEC West power when Alabama comes to Starkville, Miss., on Nov. 14.
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