M.S.U. Looks to the Playoffs After Loss to Alabama

After a loss to Alabama this past Saturday, Mississippi State dropped to 4th in the Associated Press poll and is expected to drop in the playoff rankings.

Before the season started, no one would have expected Mississippi State to be a top ten team, much less solid contenders to make a playoff appearance. Mississippi State Running Back, Josh Robinson, says, "They always thought we was out of it from day one. We’ve always been the underdog, so we’re just going to have to climb back up to the top."

Each Tuesday night, a 13 member selection committee releases its rankings for the college football playoffs. Mississippi State held the top spot for the first three weeks.

Although State’s perfect season came to an end, they still consider themselves one of the top four teams in the nation and feel they deserve a playoff spot. Mississippi State Head Coach, Dan Mullen, says, "I can’t tell you what they’re talking about behind closed doors, but I don’t know anyone else that has three top ten wins and their only loss has been on the road, a five point loss to another team that’s a top five team."

The Bulldogs remain hopeful their name will be announced on December 7th as one of the teams selected for the national semi-finals. State Quarterback, Dak Prescott, says putting the loss to Alabama behind them is crucial to moving forward. Prescott says, "Continue to get better. We know the team we are. We just got to continue to stay focused, move past this. It’s pretty much impossible to go undefeated in this league anyway. Put this one behind us and move on."

In order for Mississippi State to remain in the playoff hunt two weeks from now, they will have to win their next two games, this coming Saturday at home against Vanderbilt, and next week at Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl.

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