Defeated Auburn Tigers 39-33 (OT)
It’s night and day when comparing Mississippi State at home and on the road, but to be fair, their schedule has been tougher on the road too, which makes the difference more likely. However, they shockingly struggled for the first time against a bad team at home this past weekend, as they needed overtime to beat Auburn.
Still, Mike Leach’s team is 6-3 and once again flirting with the top 25. They are going back to a bowl game and clearly a middle of the pack team in our SEC Power Rankings. Although there is a lot more for them to prove as a program going forward under Leach, they have a lot of talent.
Also, MSU is just a fun team to watch. There’s a reason Leach was such a good hire, and amidst all the talk of what Lane Kiffin and Deion Sanders will do specifically as it pertains to Auburn, MSU looks like the most stable program in the state of Mississippi right now.
Now, Tennessee football could use help from Leach. The Bulldogs’ elite home games will be put to the test as they host Georgia this weekend. They already have seven wins with the East Tennessee State Buccaneers coming to town next weekend, but a win against UGA or at the Ole Miss Rebels to close out the year would make the season.