Lost to Georgia Bulldogs 45-19
Getting blown out by Georgia wasn’t going to do anything to drop Mississippi State in our SEC Power Rankings. Of course, that did cost Tennessee football any outside hope at winning the East, as UGA did clinch it, but for some time, Mike Leach had them putting up a fight. They just so happen to be playing the best team in the nation.
It’s the first home loss for MSU, although their win at the Arizona Wildcats looks pretty good right now given what Arizona did to the UCLA Bruins. Again, Leach’s air raid always takes time when he is trying to get his players, and doing this his third year at MSU is already ahead of schedule compared to his trajectory with the Washington State Cougars.
At the end of the day, this team clinched a bowl berth the first weekend of November. They are a fun team to watch, and in a couple of years, they should take off as a program. A top 25 finish is still on the table for them even this year, so don’t write them off just yet.
Up next is a visit from the East Tennessee State Buccaneers, which should be an automatic win. Then they travel to Ole Miss for the Egg Bowl. If they can pull off that upset to finish 8-4, they will have truly taken a huge step forward under leach with a ninth win in the table in their bowl game.