SEC Power Rankings: Georgia Loss, Ole Miss Win Shakes Up Top Nine

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Aug 31, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Tyler Russell (17) lies on the field after a play during the third quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

12. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Record: 0-1

Previous Ranking: 12 (Trend: — )

Last Week: Oklahoma State 21, Mississippi State 3

This Week: vs. Alcorn State

Next Week: at Auburn

Mississippi State could not contain Oklahoma State’s J.W. Walsh in a 21-3 loss. Walsh came into the game after two series by Clint Chelf, and ran for 125 yards and a touchdown.

However, the story for Mississippi State was the injury to Tyler Russell, who left the game with a concussion. He is expected to miss the game against Alcorn State this week. OSU isn’t traditionally known for defense and they shutdown the Bulldogs attack, especially when backup Dak Prescott entered the game. MSU is going to need Russell to get healthy fast or else they won’t have an offense for a while.

Fortunately for the Bulldogs, Alcorn State isn’t Oklahoma State, so they should be able to put together enough offense to win this week. Next week against Auburn may be a different story.