Bulldogs earn highest Preseason Coaches Poll ranking since 1981

MSU opens practice Friday.

Posted: Aug 2, 2018 2:01 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – Embracing expectations has been a common theme since Joe Moorhead took over as Mississippi State’s head football coach. Not since 1981 have the Bulldogs entered a season with as high of a preseason Coaches poll ranking as they will this year.

State was tabbed No. 18 in the preseason Amway Coaches Top 25 released on Thursday, the same day the squad reported for its first preseason training camp under Moorhead. It’s the first time since 2011 (No. 20) that MSU will enter a season ranked.

The Bulldogs garnered 407 points and were the fourth-highest ranked SEC team behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 Georgia and No. 10 Auburn. Dating back to last season, it’s the eighth straight week that MSU has been ranked. It finished the 2017 campaign at No. 20 in the Coaches poll and returns 18 starters from that squad. The Associated Press Preseason Top 25 will be released at a later date.

Moorhead’s team moved into its residence halls and will go through the first official practice of training camp on Friday evening. All practices and scrimmages during training camp are closed to the public. Thursday’s schedule featured equipment fitting, orientation and a joint team meeting.

State will go through four practices before going full pads on August 8 followed by its first scrimmage on August 11. The Moorhead era officially gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 1 when the Bulldogs host Stephen F. Austin at 6:30 p.m. CT in Davis Wade Stadium.

Season tickets, mini-plans and individual game tickets for the 2018 Bulldog season can be purchased at HailState.com/MoorCowbell, by calling 1-888-GO-DAWGS or in person at the MSU Athletic Ticket Office on the first floor of the Bryan Athletic Administration Building (288 Lakeview Drive), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MSU Preseason Training Camp Practice Schedule (all closed to the public)
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Monday, August 6
Tuesday, August 7
Wednesday, August 8 (full pads)
Thursday, August 9
Friday, August 10
Saturday, August 11 (scrimmage)
Monday, August 13
Tuesday, August 14
Wednesday, August 15
Thursday, August 16
Friday, August 17
Saturday, August 18 (scrimmage)
Monday, August 20
Tuesday, August 21
Wednesday, August 22 (first day of class)
Thursday, August 23
Friday, August 24
Saturday, August 25

Amway Coaches Preseason Poll
1. Alabama (61), 1621
2. Clemson (3), 1547
3. Ohio State (1), 1458
4. Georgia, 1452
5. Oklahoma, 1288
6. Washington, 1245
7. Wisconsin, 1243
8. Miami (Fla.), 1091
9. Penn State, 1050
10. Auburn, 1004
11. Notre Dame, 892
12. Michigan State, 870
13. Stanford, 768
14. Michigan, 752
15. Southern Cal, 691
16. TCU, 530
17. Virginia Tech, 524
18. Mississippi State, 407
19. Florida State, 328
20. West Virginia, 310
21. Texas, 265
22. Boise State, 261
23. UCF, 259
24. LSU, 254
25. Oklahoma State, 168

MSU in the Preseason Coaches Poll
2018 – No. 18
2011 – No. 20
2001 – No. 19
1993 – No. 25
1981 – No. 15
* - preseason Coaches Poll data from 1950-75 unavailable (only final available)

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