By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
For the first time in 10 years, Mississippi State is ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll, which was released Saturday. The Bulldogs check in at No. 20, the same spot they were ranked entering the 2001 season.
That was the last time MSU appeared in any preseason rankings, earning the 19th spot in the USA Today coaches’ poll. State was 20th in the USA Today preseason poll released earlier this month.
The Bulldogs finished last season ranked 15th by the AP and 17th by the coaches, having gone 9-4 and beaten Michigan in the Gator Bowl, 52-14.
“I look at that as a compliment to where our program is,” coach Dan Mullen said. “I think when you go preseason rankings, I don’t think they mean a thing in this season except for people’s opinion of your program as a whole.”
MSU opens the season Sept. 1 at Memphis.