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Mississippi State football

Winning, losing decides Top 25 spots

Football polls are not usually mentioned a lot on the Opinion page, but with Mississippi State and Ole Miss holding two of the three top spots it seems only fitting to respond to criticism about a bias among pollsters favoring the SEC. Our View is that you move up and down in the polls based on winning and losing, and that’s what will determine how many SEC teams remain in the top five over the next month. (October 23, 2014, Page 4A)

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    Coaches pick Preseason All-SEC teams

    Ole Miss and Mississippi State each had one first-team selection – linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche for the Rebels and offensive lineman Gabe Jackson for the Bulldogs – and five other second- and third-team choices apiece on the Preseason SEC Coaches All-SEC team. (August 23, 2013, Page 6A)

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      MSU examines ‘potential recruiting irregularity’

      STARKVILLE (AP) — Mississippi State says it is working with the NCAA because of a “potential recruiting irregularity” in the football program, giving the Bulldogs a substantial distraction less than two weeks from their opener against Jackson State. (more…) (August 24, 2012, Page 7A)

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        LSU bullies Bulldogs in win

        Mississippi State has established itself as a very good football team. The problem is that’s not good enough in the Southeastern Conference Western Division.

        No. 3 LSU punished No. 25 Mississippi State on the way to a 19-6 victory Thursday night. In a matchup of two physical teams, the Tigers were by far the bigger bully, making 15 tackles for a loss and holding the Bulldogs to 193 total yards. (more…) (September 16, 2011, Page 7A)

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          Bulldogs to tangle with No. 3 LSU tonight

          STARKVILLE (AP) — Mississippi State hasn’t been able to beat anyone in its division other than Ole Miss since Dan Mullen arrived.

          With No. 3 LSU in Starkville tonight, now would be a good time to start.

          For all the good the third-year coach has done since his arrival, Mississippi State is just 2-9 against Southeastern Conference Western Division foes — with both wins against their in-state rival. The Bulldogs are winless against Arkansas, Auburn, Alabama and LSU.

          But No. 25 Mississippi State could take a huge step toward becoming a serious SEC contender with a win against the Tigers. (more…) (September 15, 2011, Page 7)

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            Ballard, No. 20 Mississippi State dominates Memphis Tigers

            MEMPHIS (AP) — Over the past week, Memphis was fond of saying that Thursday night’s game against No. 20 Mississippi State would give a good indication about how much the program has progressed. The apparent answer?

            Not much. Mississippi State hammered Memphis 59-14 at the Liberty Bowl, rolling up a school-record 645 total yards in the process. The Tigers were down 31-7 by halftime and never made the game competitive. (more…) (September 2, 2011, Page 9A)

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              No. 20 Bulldogs travel north to face Memphis

              STARKVILLE (AP) — Like most football teams, Mississippi State usually spends a lot of time in film study during the week, trying to dissect the strengths and weaknesses of the upcoming opponent.
              The problem is that might be useless for Thursday’s season opener against the Memphis Tigers at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.

              (more…) (September 1, 2011, Page 7)

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