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Mississippi State football climbs in SP+ rankings after Bulldogs beat Bowling Green

Following a dominant home win over the Bowling Green Falcons, the Mississippi State football team is moving up a bit in ESPN’s Bill Connelly’s incredible, amazing math magic SP+ rankings. It’s not a fantastic, amazing, incredible jump up in those rankings, but it is notable enough to discuss as the Mississippi State Bulldogs prepare to host the Texas A&M Aggies.

Following week 4 (or heading into week 5, whichever you prefer), Mississippi State climbed a few spots in Connelly’s SP+ rankings. A week ago, after the Bulldogs were fresh off of an infuriating loss to the LSU Tigers, MSU found itself sitting at No. 23.

That’s not bad, but this week is a bit better for the Bulldogs!

Mississippi State football moves up in SP+ rankings after dominant win over Bowling Green Falcons


This week, Mississippi State is now ranked as the No. 17 team in the country. That’s a pretty good spot to be, all things considered!

The Bulldogs, who are now 3-1 on the season, are ahead of the likes of the No. 18 Baylor Bears, No. 19 UCLA Bruins, No. 20 North Carolina State Wolfpack, No. 21 Oregon Ducks, and No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies. The five teams ahead of Mississippi State are the No. 16 Kentucky Wildcats, No. 15 Oklahoma State Cowboys, No. 14 Cincinnati Bearcats, No. 13 Clemson Tigers, and No. 12 LSU Tigers.

Though Connelly’s mystical math numbers and ranking systems are fairly intricate and a win over Texas A&M wouldn’t guarantee a huge move up for Mississippi State here, it’d be fair to speculate that such a victory should put the Bulldogs in a better ranking. Plus it would almost certainly give Mike Leach and Mississippi State a spot in the polls.

Mississippi State and Texas A&M are set to kickoff at 3 p.m. in Starkville on Saturday, Oct. 1.

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