Mississippi State’s final-play loss was tough to stomach no matter what angle you looked at it.
When Austin MacGinnis’ 51-yard kick went through the uprights, giving Kentucky a 40-38 win, reality began sinking in for the Bulldogs. It’s going to be difficult salvaging a .500 record and postseason game.
“Our guys are competitive. They want to win,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said after the game. “So, they work so hard and I just feel bad for them. But we have some good, young leadership on this team, and I’m sure that they will continue to grow and respond the right way.”
The Bulldogs are 2-5 and fell to 12th in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll after their third consecutive loss.
The 22-person panel includes voters from SEC Country and around the nation.
Mississippi State will try to get a win next week with a game against FCS opponent Samford, but the 20th-ranked Bulldogs won’t be a walk in the park — they’re 6-1. After that game, it’s a stretch that includes games vs. Texas A&M, at Alabama, vs. Arkansas and at Ole Miss.
In other words: No guaranteed wins remain for the Bulldogs.
Since taking over the program in 2009, Mullen only has one losing season — he went 5-7 in that first season — and is 4-2 in bowl games in his other six seasons in Starkville.
Check back weekly to see where the Bulldogs are in the SEC Country Poll.
Your Week 8 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||286||22||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||260||0||2||2||5|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||235||0||6||2||5|
|4||Tennessee (9 - 4)||211||0||5||3||6|
|5||LSU (8 - 4)||200||0||8||3||6|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||189||0||4||2||8|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||151||0||3||6||8|
|8||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||137||0||7||5||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||101||0||9||7||11|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||95||0||10||8||11|
|11||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||54||0||12||9||14|
|12||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||44||0||11||11||14|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||35||0||14||11||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||4||0||13||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)
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 Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)