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Bulldogs climb back into Top 25 polls following win at Texas A&M

MSU is 21st in the AP Poll and 22nd in the Coaches Poll.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2017 8:04 AM
Updated: Nov. 7, 2017 8:50 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – Winners of three straight by at least 21 points, Mississippi State football has climbed back into the national polls as the Bulldogs are ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 22 in the Amway Coaches poll.

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State (6-2, 3-2 SEC) topped No. 24 Texas A&M, 35-14, on Saturday night in Kyle Field for its largest victory over a Top 25 foe on the road since beating No. 12 Vanderbilt, 33-0, in Nashville on Oct. 17, 1942. In the process, MSU became bowl eligible for a school-record eighth straight year.

The Bulldogs joined Notre Dame as the only two teams so far this season to defeat multiple Top 25 teams by 21 or more (rankings at time of meeting).

MSU returned to the polls for the first time since Sept. 24 and have now been ranked in the Dan Mullen era for 44 weeks. Fans will get a glimpse at the first College Football Playoff rankings when they are unveiled at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday live on ESPN.

With three out of the last four at home, the Bulldogs will step out of SEC play at 11 a.m. Saturday when they host UMass in Davis Wade Stadium.

Associated Press Top 25
1. Alabama (59)
2. Georgia (2)
3. Ohio State
4. Wisconsin
5. Notre Dame
6. Clemson
7. Penn State
8. Oklahoma
9. Miami (Fla.)
10. TCU
11. Oklahoma State
12. Washington
13. Virginia Tech
14. Iowa State
15. UCF
16. Auburn
17. USC
18. Stanford
19. LSU
20. NC State
21. Mississippi State
22. Memphis
23. Arizona
24. Michigan State
25. Washington State

Amway Coaches Poll
1. Alabama (65)
2. Georgia
3. Ohio State
4. Wisconsin
5. Clemson
6. Miami
7. Penn State
8. Notre Dame
9. Oklahoma
10. Oklahoma State
11. Washington
12. TCU
13. Virginia Tech
14. UCF
15. Auburn
16. Ohio State
17. USC
18. Stanford
19. NC State
20. LSU
21. Memphis
22. Mississippi State
23. South Florida
24. Michigan
25. Arizona

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