2017 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

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2017 Mississippi State Bulldogs football
Mississippi State Bulldogs logo.svg
TaxSlayer Bowl champion
TaxSlayer Bowl, W 31–27 vs. Louisville
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Western Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 20
AP No. 19
2017 record 9–4 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach Dan Mullen (9th season)
Greg Knox (interim)
Co-offensive coordinator Billy Gonzales (4th season)
Co-offensive coordinator John Hevesy (4th season)
Offensive scheme Spread (multiple)
Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham (1st season)
Base defense 3–4
Home stadium Davis Wade Stadium (Capacity: 61,337)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 2 Georgia xy$^   7 1         13 2  
South Carolina   5 3         9 4  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
Missouri   4 4         7 6  
Florida   3 5         4 7  
Vanderbilt   1 7         5 7  
Tennessee   0 8         4 8  
West Division
No. 10 Auburn xy   7 1         10 4  
No. 1 Alabama x#^   7 1         13 1  
No. 18 LSU   6 2         9 4  
No. 19 Mississippi State   4 4         9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         7 6  
Ole Miss   3 5         6 6  
Arkansas   1 7         4 8  
Championship: Georgia 28, Auburn 7
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team represented Mississippi State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs played their home games at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by ninth-year head coach Dan Mullen. They finished the season 9–4, 4–4 in SEC play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the Western Division. They were invited to the TaxSlayer Bowl where they beat Louisville.

Head coach Dan Mullen resigned at the end of the regular season to become the head coach at Florida. Running backs coach Greg Knox served as interim head coach for the TaxSlayer Bowl. On November 28, Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead was hired as their new head coach, beginning in the 2018 season.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR RV RV 17 24 NR NR RV RV 21 18 17 16 24 24 19 
Coaches RV RV RV 19 24 RV RV RV RV 22 18 19 17 24 23 20 
CFP Not released 16 16 16 14 23 23 Not released

Schedule[edit]

Mississippi State announced its 2017 football schedule on September 13, 2016. The 2017 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Bulldogs will host SEC foes Alabama, Kentucky, LSU, and Ole Miss, and will travel to Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, and Texas A&M.[1]

The Bulldogs will host three of the four non-conference opponents, BYU, UMass both are football independent schools and Charleston Southern from the Big South Conference and travel to Louisiana Tech of Conference USA.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 3:00 p.m. No. 14 (FCS) Charleston Southern* Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS SECN W 49–0   54,215
September 9 6:30 p.m. at Louisiana Tech* Joe Aillet StadiumRuston, LA CBSSN W 57–21   28,100
September 16 6:00 p.m. No. 12 LSU Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS (Rivalry) ESPN W 37–7   60,596
September 23 6:00 p.m. at No. 11 Georgia No. 17 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA ESPN L 3–31   92,746
September 30 5:00 p.m. at No. 13 Auburn No. 24 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL ESPN L 10–49   86,901
October 14 11:00 a.m. BYU* Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS SECN W 35–10   54,866
October 21 3:00 p.m. Kentuckydagger Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS (Rivalry) SECN W 45–7   58,963
October 28 6:15 p.m. at Texas A&M Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX ESPN W 35–14   96,128
November 4 11:00 a.m. UMass* No. 21 Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS SECN W 34–23   57,374
November 11 6:00 p.m. No. 1 Alabama No. 18 Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS (Rivalry) ESPN L 24–31   61,344
November 18 11:00 a.m. at Arkansas No. 17 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR CBS W 28–21   64,153
November 23 6:30 p.m. Ole Miss No. 16 Davis Wade Stadium • Starkville, MS (Egg Bowl) ESPN L 28–31   59,345
December 30 11:00 a.m. vs. Louisville* No. 24 EverBank FieldJacksonville, FL (TaxSlayer Bowl) ESPN W 31–27   41,310
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summaries[edit]

Charleston Southern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 14 (FCS) Buccaneers 0 0 0 0 0
Bulldogs 23 12 7 7 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Louisiana Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
MSU Bulldogs 16 20 21 0 57
LTU Bulldogs 9 5 0 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–3 October 17, 2015 45–20

LSU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No.12 Tigers 0 7 0 0 7
Bulldogs 0 17 13 7 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
34–73–3 September 17, 2016 L, 20–23

at Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No.17 MSU Bulldogs 0 3 0 0 3
No.11 UGA Bulldogs 14 0 17 0 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–17 October 1, 2011 L, 10–24

at Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 24 Bulldogs 3 7 0 0 10
No. 13 Tigers 14 7 7 21 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–62–2 October 8, 2016 L, 14–38

BYU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 0 3 7 0 10
Bulldogs 7 14 7 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 October 14, 2016 L, 21–28 OT

Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 7 0 0 7
Bulldogs 7 10 7 21 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–22 October 22, 2016 L, 38–40

at Texas A&M[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 14 7 35
Aggies 0 0 7 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–5 November 5, 2016 W, 35–28

UMass[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 3 17 0 3 23
Bulldogs 10 3 14 7 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 September 24, 2016 W, 47–35

Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Crimson Tide 7 7 3 14 31
Bulldogs 7 7 7 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–79–3 November 12, 2016 L, 3–51

at Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 14 0 14 28
Razorbacks 14 0 7 0 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–16–1 November 19, 2016 L, 42–58

Ole Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 7 3 14 7 31
Bulldogs 0 6 0 22 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–63–6 November 26, 2016 W, 55–20

vs Louisville–TaxSlayer Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 14 3 3 27
Bulldogs 14 3 0 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 September 18, 1976 W, 30–21
(MSU Later forfited)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 MSU Football Schedule Unveiled, Egg Bowl To Return To Thanksgiving" (Press release). Mississippi State University Department of Athletics. September 13, 2016. Retrieved October 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2017 Mississippi State Bulldogs Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved October 18, 2016.