If there’s one thing Mississippi State can take away from its 56-41 win against Samford, it’s that QB Nick Fitzgerald looked like a big-time playmaker.
Maybe not Dak Prescott-level playmaker, but what he did Saturday wasn’t bad, even against an FCS opponent.
Fitzgerald threw for 417 yards and 5 touchdowns and ran for 119 yards and 2 scores in the victory.
The Bulldogs still fell a spot in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll to No. 13. A panel of 26 voters from SEC Country and around the country ranked the teams this week.
“There are a lot of things we can improve on, but a lot of guys made some great plays during the course of the game to win today,” Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said after the game Saturday. “It feels good. We’ve got a tough closing stretch on the schedule, but it feels good to head into that on a win.”
Mississippi State has a difficult four-game stretch to end the season.
The Bulldogs play Texas A&M at home this week, followed by a trip to top-ranked Alabama.
After playing those two top-10 opponents, MSU wraps up with a home game vs. Arkansas and road trip to rival Ole Miss.
Check back next week for our weekly installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 9 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||338||26||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||309||0||2||2||4|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||281||0||3||2||4|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||252||0||6||3||6|
|5||LSU (8 - 4)||248||0||5||3||6|
|6||Arkansas (7 - 6)||187||0||7||5||10|
|7||Tennessee (9 - 4)||175||0||4||5||11|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||143||0||10||6||11|
|9||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||137||0||8||6||11|
|10||Georgia (8 - 5)||114||0||9||6||13|
|11||South Carolina (6 - 7)||83||0||13||7||13|
|12||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||53||0||11||7||14|
|13||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||43||0||12||10||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||3||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)
Cody Worsham (Tiger Rag Magazine)
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)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (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)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)