Lost to Kentucky Wildcats 27-17
Again, welcome to Mike Leach. This is why Tennessee football would have been better off with him in 2018 but is lucky to not have him now since Josh Heupel has taken over. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are playing like teams under Leach do, which is to say they lay an egg the minute everybody starts to believe in them.
This time, though, it was partially due to the team they played, as they faced an underrated Kentucky team on the road. Still, the high-powered offense of the Bulldogs was held to 17 points, just like it was when it visited LSU. Those are Mississippi State’s only two road SEC games.
As a result, MSU had to fall to the bottom half of our SEC Power Rankings. They are part of a collection of two-loss teams who all have a case over each other, but since power rankings factor in recency, MSU has to be at the bottom of that group. They are the only one of the four who lost last Saturday.
Things aren’t about to get any easier either. Up next for MSU is an Alabama team that will be heated and refocused after losing to Tennessee football, and the Bulldogs have to face them on the road. Then they have a bye before hosting Auburn, but they also have to host Georgia in November. Oh, the visit to Ole Miss is also on the slate, so they could easily fall to 7-5.