Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was so good Saturday that he drew comparisons to a couple of former SEC greats.
With his 209-yard passing, 184-yard rushing performance, Fitzgerald is the third SEC quarterback in the past 20 years to throw for 200 and run for 175. Heisman Trophy winners Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel are the others.
On the arm and legs of Fitzgerald, the Bulldogs stunned Texas A&M and moved up three places in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll from 13th to No. 10.
The 26-person panel consists of voters from SEC Country and around the country.
“It means a lot to me for these kids,” MSU coach Dan Mullen said after the game. “You go, for the third time of the season, into a locker room of kids who tried to give you everything that they have and have it taken away on the final play of the game, you are almost out of things to say. For them to continue to work, believe and fight, I couldn’t be prouder of our players.”
Finding a win on the final four-game stretch of the Bulldogs’ schedule wasn’t easy. Getting the one Saturday against A&M, which entered the game as the No. 4 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, is a huge step toward becoming bowl eligible.
It won’t be easy. Mississippi State’s remaining games are at Alabama, vs. Arkansas and at Ole Miss.
Check back next week for our weekly installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 10 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||338||26||1||1||1|
|2||Auburn (8 - 5)||309||0||3||2||3|
|3||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||273||0||2||2||5|
|4||LSU (8 - 4)||268||0||5||2||6|
|5||Arkansas (7 - 6)||232||0||6||4||6|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||202||0||4||3||8|
|7||Tennessee (9 - 4)||171||0||7||5||11|
|8||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||146||0||9||6||12|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||122||0||10||7||12|
|10||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||105||0||13||6||12|
|11||Kentucky (7 - 6)||104||0||8||7||13|
|12||South Carolina (6 - 7)||65||0||11||8||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||29||0||12||12||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||2||0||14||13||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Ben Wait (Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Graham Watson (Yahoo Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Michael Bonner (Clarion-Ledger)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Kirk (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Pat Dooley (Gainesville Sun)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)