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Bulldogs leap into Top 20 of AP/Coaches polls

After stretching its record to 7-2 and four straight victories, Mississippi State football finds itself in the Top 20 of both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls that were released Sunday.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017 8:52 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - After stretching its record to 7-2 and four straight victories, Mississippi State football finds itself in the Top 20 of both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls that were released Sunday.

The Bulldogs are No. 18 in both, jumping from No. 21 in the Associated Press and No. 22 in the Coaches poll a week ago. State was No. 16 in the first College Football Playoff rankings last week, and the newest edition will be unveiled at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday live on ESPN.

MSU has been ranked for four weeks this season and 45 weeks in the Dan Mullen era. The Bulldogs remain the fourth-highest ranked SEC team behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Georgia and No. 10 Auburn. Following the completion of this Saturday’s games, State will be the only team in the nation to play three or more opponents in the Top 10 of the current polls.

The SEC West’s two-winningest programs since 2014 clash at 6 p.m. CT Saturday in a sold out Davis Wade Stadium when No. 18 MSU meets top-ranked Alabama (9-0). The Tide has won 49 games since the start of 2014, while State is second with 32 victories. The game will be televised by ESPN and streamed on WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.

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

Amway Coaches Poll
1. Alabama (64)
2. Georgia (1)
3. Wisconsin
4. Clemson
5. Notre Dame
6. Miami
7. Oklahoma
8. Washington
9. TCU
10. Auburn
11. Ohio State
12. UCF
13. Penn State
14. USC
15. Oklahoma State
16. Michigan State
17. Virginia Tech
18. Mississippi State
19. Memphis
20. Washington State
21. South Florida
22. Michigan
23. Iowa State
24. NC State
25. LSU

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