After a strong second half effort saw Mississippi State defeat Middle Tennessee State 45-3 last night, State today continued its climb up the Top 25 football charts this season. The Bulldogs' natural progression up the polls was also aided in the fact that South Carolina and West Virginia, two teams occupying spots in front of Mississippi State, took big losses Saturday, allowing State to climb even higher than they might have on their own.
All eyes in maroon and white nation now turn to the BCS standings, which are released tonight at 7:30 Central time. State expects to move up a spot or maybe even two from their #12 ranking last week after this weekend's action.
This week the Mississippi State Bulldogs take on the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State. The Bulldogs have one final challenge before rolling into Alabama 7-0. Will they be able to handle business with Middle Tennessee or will they get caught looking ahead to Bama? We ran the simulation to get an idea of just how much fight the Blue Raiders have.
When Middle Tennessee State comes to Starkville Saturday to tangle with Mississippi State, they will do so without the Sun Belt's leading rusher and one of the top 15 rushers so far this season, Benny Cunningham.
"The MRI will show us for sure how bad it is, but it's not good. Either it's season-ending or, to me, even if it's not surgical and he's out three or four weeks before trying to work his way back, with six games left, it's almost like season-ending. He would still have to get back in shape after it healed up."
Cunningham had been huge for MTSU in its past two road games as well, going for 217 yards and 5 (five !) TDs against Georgia Tech and 230 yards and 2 TDs against FIU.
Starting running back duties now likely fall to true freshman Jordan Parker, the Blue Raiders' number two man in the backfield.