Dan Mullen couldn’t have asked for a much better performance from his Mississippi State football team in its opener against Charleston Southern.
The Bulldogs dominated in every possible way in their 49-0 win, outgaining Charleston Southern 555 to 33 and allowing just two first downs. The Buccaneers ran the ball 39 times for 18 yards and completed just 3-of-8 passes for 15 yards. Mississippi State led 35-0 at halftime.
While the rout was impressive, it didn’t convince SEC Country Power Poll voters to place the Bulldogs in the top half of the rankings entering Week 2. The 26 voters placed Mississippi State at No. 9. The Bulldogs were placed as high as sixth in the poll but as low as 13th. While voters may want to see more from the Bulldogs, it won’t take long. After a trip to Louisiana Tech this week, MSU faces a tough three-game stretch of conference games.
“Great job by our coaching staff and players on the defensive side of the ball,” Mullen said after the game. “Offensively, good, solid day. We missed some things here. We didn’t click quite as perfectly as I would like us to. I thought we were efficient at times during the day. Just some little mistakes we’ve got to get cleaned up and fix.”
Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald completed 16-of-29 passes for 239 yards with touchdown tosses of 8 yards to Gabe Myles and 10 yards to Deddrick Thomas. Fitzgerald ran for 41 yards with a 2-yard TD. Aeris Williams led the ground game with 83 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown.
Mississippi State travels to Ruston, La., to take on Louisiana Tech on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Louisiana Tech (1-0) beat Northwestern State 52-24 in Week 1. After the road trip, Mississippi State faces a difficult three game stretch: against LSU at home, at Georgia and at Auburn.
Check back each Sunday night to see where Mississippi State sits in the latest SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 1 Power Poll rankings
|1||Alabama (1 - 0)||338||26||1||1|
|2||Auburn (1 - 0)||297||0||2||4|
|3||LSU (1 - 0)||292||0||2||5|
|4||Georgia (1 - 0)||260||0||3||6|
|5||South Carolina (1 - 0)||203||0||2||11|
|6||Tennessee (1 - 0)||178||0||4||13|
|7||Arkansas (1 - 0)||165||0||5||13|
|8||Florida (0 - 1)||158||0||5||14|
|9||Mississippi State (1 - 0)||136||0||6||13|
|10||Kentucky (1 - 0)||113||0||6||14|
|11||Texas A&M (0 - 1)||75||0||7||14|
|12||Ole Miss (1 - 0)||60||0||9||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (1 - 0)||52||0||8||14|
|14||Missouri (1 - 0)||39||0||9||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey ( SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith ( SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto ( SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson ( SEC Country)
Marq Burnett ( SEC Country)
Mike Griffith ( SEC Country)
Seth Emerson ( Atlanta Journal Constitution)
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