November 4, 2012 11:54:19 AM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University is still in the national rankings despite losing two straight games and will be approaching another matchup against a Top 10 program at Tiger Stadium Saturday (6 p.m., ESPN) in Baton Rouge vs. Louisiana State University.
After MSU (7-2, 3-2 in Southeastern Conference) lost to No. 15 Texas A&M 38-13, the Bulldogs moved down in both major polls released Sunday morning. MSU is now ranked 22nd in the latest Associated Press poll and also 23rd in the USA Today Coaches' poll.
Seven Southeastern Conference teams (University of Alabama 1, Louisiana State University 5, University of Georgia 5, University of Florida 7, University of South Carolina 12, Texas A&M 15 and MSU 22) were a part of the AP poll, which was the most of any league. 18 pollsters declined to put MSU on their Top 25 ballot.
Alabama (8-0, 5-0) garnered all 60 first place votes followed by defending Pac 12 Conference champion University of Oregon being placed second with Kansas State University and the University of Notre Dame rounding out the only bowl-eligible undefeated four teams at the top. The University of Georgia and Ohio State University (not bowl eligible but also 10-0) are tied for fifth in the poll.
MSU's fall in the USA Today Coaches' poll turned out to be seven spots.
The Bulldogs received 187 voting points in the AP poll while receiving 186 voting points in the coaches' poll.
Alabama was the consensus top-ranked team among the 59-coach panel that vote in the USA Today Coaches' poll with same order of Top 5 teams as the AP poll.
LSU (6-2. 3-2 in SEC), which is ranked ninth in both polls, is the third straight ranked opponents in row for the Bulldogs as they finish the gauntlet of Alabama, A&M and the Tigers.
"We as a team played very poorly today--that's 100 percent my fault," MSU head football coach Dan Mullen said after the 38-13 loss Saturday. "As head football coach, that all falls on my shoulders. In every phase, we played very poorly. I will give them credit; their kids played very well. They have a good football team and they play hard. That was as bad as of a performance that I think we've had here in a long time."
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