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Bulldogs fall at No. 16 Georgetown

Posted on 31 October 2014 by Allen

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Samantha Hendricks and Abby Shaw both collected five kills and Amanda Worrell added four, but Cumberland was unable to overcome nine kills from Caraline Maher and eight apiece by Allyson Wilbourn and Corri Muha in 16th-ranked Georgetown College’s 3-0 victory in volleyball action Thursday night in Georgetown, Ky.

The Bulldogs (12-17, 1-11 Mid-South) committed more errors (23) than kills (20) in the loss. McCrea Barney posted 15 assists and Karli Collins led the squad with nine digs.

Georgetown (24-10, 11-2) led 5-4 in the opening set before two kills from Maher and a block by Maher and Wilbourn extended the advantage to 11-4. Two service errors, an attack error and a ball handling error by the Bulldogs gave the Tigers a 16-6 lead and blocks from Muha and Kaysie Massie and Muha and Wilbourn preceded Massie’s final kill for a 25-12 opening set.

Two kills from Shaw pulled CU within 6-4 in the second set and kills by Rylee Butler and Hendricks made it a 12-9 edge for Georgetown, but the home team scored eight of the next 12 points to take control. Muha registered two kills and Massie had one as well as a block with Maher during the run, which was finished off with a service ace from Kristen Scheelhaas. Muha’s final kills put GC ahead two sets, 25-19.

Kills from Worrell, Butler and Danielle Girardeau early in the third set put Cumberland ahead, 5-3, and Hendricks kill tied the score at nine. Georgetown closed the match on a 16-6 spurt that started with a kill by Jenny Howell and included three kills and two blocks from Muha with block assists to Wilbourn and Massie. Wilbourn posted the final two kills for a 25-15 set.

Cumberland finishes the regular season next week at home, taking on St. Catharine College on Tuesday and Campbellsville University on Thursday, both at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center. Senior Day activities will take place before the Campbellsville match.

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NCAA upholds Gurley Suspension

NCAA upholds Gurley Suspension

Posted on 31 October 2014 by Allen

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The NCAA has upheld the suspension of Georgia running back Todd Gurley. It was announced earlier this week that Gurley would be suspended for 4 games by the NCAA for accepting money for signing memorabilia from a broker.

Here is the NCAA’s statement.

The NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee has upheld the eligibility decision regarding University of Georgia’s Todd Gurley. He will be eligible to play Nov. 15.

Georgia wasn’t happy about it and released a statement of their own.

“We are very disappointed in tonight’s decision by the Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee regarding our appeal on Todd Gurley’s eligibility reinstatement. We believe our case to the NCAA for Todd’s immediate reinstatement was strong and compelling. However, we now have exhausted all available options and look forward to Todd’s return to competition on November 15. The full attention of the Bulldog Nation now needs to be focused on our team and Saturday’s important game against Florida.”

UGA and Gurley are at the mercy of the NCAA and have to abide by their ruling. Gurley missed the Missouri and Arkansas game. Nick Chubb has filled in in his absence and done very well but Georgia wants their star running back back as they make their run at the College Football Playoffs.

Georgia plays Florida in Jacksonville Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on CBS.

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Stoops gets contract extension

Stoops gets contract extension

Posted on 31 October 2014 by Allen

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The contract of University of Kentucky football head coach Mark Stoops has been amended to extend through the 2019 season, UK Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Friday.

The new agreement extends the term from June 30, 2019, to June 30, 2020. It gives the coach five seasons remaining on his contract following the current campaign.

“Mark is guiding our program in the direction we all want it to go and we are proud to reward that,” Barnhart said. “I was confident Mark was right for this job when I hired him, but he has exceeded my expectations. From leading a group of young men, to recruiting, to fundraising, to becoming an important part of the Lexington community, Mark has embraced and excelled in all facets of being Kentucky football head coach.”

Now in his second year with the Wildcats, the efforts of Stoops and his coaching staff are becoming apparent on the field of play. Currently sporting a 5-3 record, UK already has won more games this season than the previous two seasons combined (two each in 2012 and 2013).

“Under Coach Stoops’ leadership, the UK football program is experiencing an incredible upward trajectory in the classroom and on the field,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “That continued progress, led by Coach Stoops, is critical in competing in the nation’s strongest conference while maintaining one of a small number of self-sustaining athletic programs in the nation – one that supports the University’s academic mission in dynamic ways, including $65 million to support the construction of a new Academic Science Building. As important, Coach Stoops and his staff put students first in everything they do. The facility improvements underway in our football program will support the athletic and academic success of our students and the long-term health of the program.”

In addition to the win-loss record, progress is obvious on both offense and defense. UK is averaging 31.6 points per game, well ahead of the 17.9 points per game average in 2012, the season before Stoops arrived. Defensively, the Cats are allowing 24.8 points per game, down from 31 points per game in 2012.

“I am excited about the progress our team has shown on the field, but this is as much about the next five years as it is the last one and a half,” Barnhart said. “As I’ve said before, I believe we can compete at the highest level in the toughest conference. Mark is the coach to take us there.”

The future is bright for continued progress, given the recruiting success of Stoops and staff. When Stoops took over the program in December 2012, UK’s recruiting class was ranked in the 60s by the national evaluation services. But, in the next two months, the coaches were able to secure 14 additional commitments, moving the needle for the 2013 signing class as high as No. 29 nationally.

With a full year to recruit the 2014 signing group, the Kentucky coaches landed a consensus national top-25 class, including a No. 17 ranking by Rivals.com, UK’s highest-rated class in the Internet era of recruiting evaluation.

UK’s recruiting effort for the signing class of 2015 continues the trend. The Wildcats are currently projected to finish as high as No. 20 in the national recruiting rankings.

Fans are responding to the team’s efforts. Attendance has jumped significantly since 2012, including the nation’s second-largest improvement during the 2013 season. The two Blue/White Spring Games under Stoops have drawn the two largest spring attendances in school history.

Additional momentum has been generated with UK’s football facilities. A $120 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium has begun and is slated for completion for the 2015 season and a $45 million football complex has been approved and construction will begin in January.

In the classroom, UK’s scholarship football players posted a 2.43 grade-point average in the fall of 2012, the final semester under the previous staff. Since Stoops’ arrival, the Wildcats have surpassed that mark in all three semesters, peaking at 2.81 in the spring of 2014.

“I greatly appreciate the support shown for our program by President Capilouto, the University administration and Mitch Barnhart,” Stoops said. “I am more excited than ever about the future of Kentucky football and the challenge and opportunity of building this program for our players and the Big Blue Nation.”

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Mississippi State host Arkansas in Primetime

Mississippi State host Arkansas in Primetime

Posted on 31 October 2014 by Allen

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Top-ranked Mississippi State, riding a 10-game winning streak, returns home under the lights to host Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference Western Division showdown at 6:15 p.m. CT Saturday live on ESPN2 from Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.

Joe Tessitore, Brock Huard and Shannon Spake will handle the call on ESPN2. The broadcast can also be obtained through WatchESPN.com or the Watch ESPN app on mobile devices.

The MSU Sports Radio Network goes live at 4:15 p.m. with the C Spire Tailgate Show. Jim Ellis, Matt Wyatt and John Correro will call the action (click here for network affiliates). Live streaming audio is also available through HailStatePLUS at HailState.com.

The gates of Davis Wade Stadium open at 4:15 p.m. and the Dawg Walk will take place at 4:20 p.m. Fans in the lower level are encouraged to wear maroon, while fans in the upper level are urged to wear white. Saturday’s contest will be a Military Appreciation Game. Members of the 1985 MSU College World Series team will be honored in the first quarter, and Shorty McWilliams will become the newest member of the MSU Ring of Honor at halftime.

The Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0 SEC) lead the SEC Western Division at the midway point and were ranked No. 1 in the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings announced Tuesday night. MSU is in the top spot in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls for the third straight week, a position head coach Dan Mullen said the squad has embraced.

“It’s great for our university and fan base,” said Mullen. “It’s historic and special. How it affects our football team this week against Arkansas? It doesn’t in any shape or form. Guys have stepped up and found ways to make plays. We have a huge challenge this week. Arkansas is extremely physical and talented.”

Arkansas (4-4, 0-4) is playing its fifth consecutive SEC opponent that is ranked in the top 10. The Razorbacks feature the nation’s largest offensive line and a running back tandem of Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins that has combined for 1,617 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns.

It took overtime last year but MSU survived for its first-ever win at Arkansas by a score of 24-17. That victory sparked the Bulldogs’ current 10-game winning streak, which is the nation’s second longest and the second longest in school history. It’s been 350 days since MSU lost a ballgame.

The power offensive duo of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Josh Robinson has amassed 1,649 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. MSU is the only team in the nation boasting two players with 10 or more rushing touchdowns apiece through the season’s first seven games.

Prescott, a Heisman Trophy candidate, has thrown for 1,694 yards and 15 touchdowns at a school-record clip of 60.3 percent. The Bulldogs are also tied for the national lead with number of receivers who have caught a touchdown pass this season with 10.

Defensively, MSU continues to lead the nation in redzone defense, while holding opponents to only 118.0 yards per game on the ground.

All-America linebacker Benardrick McKinney is tops on the team in tackles with 45, while defensive end Preston Smith leads the squad in tackles for loss with eight.

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Hull named to Guy Watch List

Hull named to Guy Watch List

Posted on 31 October 2014 by Allen

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University of South Carolina senior punter Tyler Hull is among the 80 candidates for the 2014 Ray Guy Award, announced today by the Augusta Sports Council.

Hull, a 6-2, 207-pounder from Mount Airy, N.C., is in his third season handling the punting chores for the Gamecocks. He is having his best season to date, punting 24 times for a 42.6-yard average, with eight of his punts inside the 20-yard line and only two touchbacks.

The list will be narrowed to ten semifinalists to be announced on November 14. Following the semifinalists announcement, a national body of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) sports information directors, coaches, media representatives and previous Ray Guy Award winners will vote for the top three finalists, who will be identified on November 24. The voting body will then cast ballots to select the winner.

The presentation of the Ray Guy Award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, December 11 at 7:30 pm ET on ESPN. The show, hosted by ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will feature live presentation of nine player awards, along with the recipients of Disney’s Spirit Award, The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award, the NCFAA (National College Football Awards Association) Contributions to College Football Award, and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.

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Morgan, LaRose, Phillips named Academic All-District

Posted on 31 October 2014 by Allen

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Cumberland University’s Beth Morgan, Reneé LaRose and Kaitlin Phillips were all voted to the Capital One Women’s Soccer Academic All-District 2 team this week. The group will now enter the pool of players from around the country to be selected Academic All-American next month.

Phillips has enjoyed her best offensive season in 2014, setting career-highs for goals (9) and assists (14) with three game-winning goals for the Bulldogs, who have been ranked No. 1 in the nation the last four weeks. The Edmonton, Alberta, native carries a 3.84 grade-point-average in Health and Human Performance.

Morgan and LaRose are both part of a backline that has allowed just 11 goals in 15 matches this season for Cumberland. LaRose has started every match of her career and Morgan has played in 75 career matches, serving the last three years as a starter at defender. Morgan has a 3.72 GPA in Psychology while LaRose carries a 3.35, also in Psychology.

The Bulldogs, 13-1-1 overall, play their final regular season match on Monday at No. 9 Northwestern Ohio.

Women’s Soccer Capital One Academic All-District 2
GK – Kristiana Daniels, Taylor Univ.
D – Melanie Czada, Marian Univ. [IN]
D – Emily Richardson, Univ. of St. Francis [IN]
D – Beth Morgan, Cumberland Univ.
D – Reneé LaRose, Cumberland Univ.
F – Rachel Shmagranoff, Purdue Univ.-Calumet
F – Meredith Ury, Asbury Univ.
F – Mallory Rondeau, Grace College
MF – Amanda Roden, Taylor Univ.
MF – Bettina Brulhart, Lindsey Wilson
MF – Melissa Loretto, Trinity International
MF – Kaitlin Phillips, Cumberland Univ.

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Lady Bulldogs picked 4th in MSC

Lady Bulldogs picked 4th in MSC

Posted on 31 October 2014 by Allen

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Cumberland was picked fourth in the Mid-South Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll announced recently by the league office.

The Bulldogs return seven letterwinners but just one starter from last season’s team that posted a 10-16 mark. Sixth-year head coach Jeremy Lewis welcomes eight newcomers, including six transfers (three from four-year schools, three from junior colleges).

Cumberland opens the season this Saturday at 2 p.m. against Bryan College at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center before hitting the road for three straight contests next week at Middle Georgia State College, Fisk University and Oakwood University.

Campbellsville received six first-place votes and 48 total points for first place in the Coaches’ Poll, with Lindsey Wilson picking up the other first first-place votes and 40 points for second place. Georgetown College was third, just ahead of the Bulldogs, followed by the University of the Cumberlands, Shawnee State, the University of Pikeville and St. Catharine College.

2014-15 Mid-South Conference
Preseason Coaches’ Poll

No. School (First-Place Votes) Points
1. Campbellsville Univ. (6) 48
2. Lindsey Wilson (2) 40
3. Georgetown College 37
4. Cumberland Univ. 31
5. Univ. of the Cumberlands 28
6. Shawnee State 20
7. Univ. of Pikeville 13
8. St. Catharine College 7

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Gamecocks want to stop Dobbs

Gamecocks want to stop Dobbs

Posted on 30 October 2014 by Allen

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The South Carolina Gamecocks spent Thursday afternoon at the Bluff Road practice fields.

The Gamecocks (4-4, 2-4 SEC) will host the Tennessee Volunteers (3-5, 0-4 SEC) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Saturday, November 1. The SEC Network will televise the 7:30 p.m. ET game nationally with Tom Hart and Matt Stinchcomb in the booth and Heather Mitts on the sidelines.

Following Thursday’s practice, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said that linebacker Skai Moore (ankle sprain) and safety Kadetrix Marcus (shoulder sprain) would not play on Saturday due to injuries. Sophomore Jonathan Walton is slated to start at the Will linebacker position, with T.J. Holloman backing him up. Marcquis Roberts and Kaiwan Lewis are running 1-2 at the Mike linebacker spot.

Ward has a good sense of which quarterback Tennessee will play on Saturday. “We’ll see the running quarterback,” said Ward. “We’ll see Dobbs, there’s no question. He did a good job against Alabama moving the football. They had their most production when he was in the ballgame. So there’s no question who we’re going to see.”

Saturday could see the return of freshman safety D.J. Smith. “D.J. will play this game,” said Ward. “We really harped on D.J. to learn your assignment and making sure he could handle all the movement. He’s done a good job in practice, so he’ll play.” Ward said that T.J. Gurley and Chris Moody remained the starters at safety.

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Tom “Shorty” McWilliams To Join Mississippi State Football Ring of Honor

Tom “Shorty” McWilliams To Join Mississippi State Football Ring of Honor

Posted on 30 October 2014 by Allen

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Tom “Shorty” McWilliams, a four-time All-Southeastern Conference selection and one of the greatest backs in Mississippi State football history, will become the newest member of the MSU Ring of Honor inside Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field in a halftime ceremony Saturday.

McWilliams will become the sixth Bulldog legend to join the Ring of Honor, joining Johnie Cooks, Jack Cristil, Kent Hull, D.D. Lewis and Jackie Parker.

McWilliams played for the Bulldogs in 1944 and from 1946-48, earning All-SEC distinction all four years. He tallied 1,808 career rushing yards, 19 career rushing touchdowns and 144 career points. He remains the only MSU player to earn votes for the Heisman Trophy when he finished 10th in the balloting in 1944.

The Newton, Miss., native was voted a second-team All-America selection in 1944. In a 26-21 win over Auburn on Nov. 11, 1944, McWilliams rushed for 148 yards on 16 carries. That same season he was voted SEC Most Valuable Player by the Nashville Banner.

McWilliams still holds the MSU single-game record for plays with 36 in a 20-0 win over Tulane on Nov. 1, 1947. Until a knee injury ended his career, McWilliams played professionally for the Los Angeles Dons in 1949 and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1950.

McWilliams was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1963 and then into the Mississippi State Sports Hall of Fame in 1970.

A Korean War veteran, McWilliams passed away on Jan. 9, 1997 at the age of 70. Today, he is survived by his four daughters, Suzanne, Missie, Gloria and Dottie.

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Toppers prep for La Tech

Toppers prep for La Tech

Posted on 30 October 2014 by Allen

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Another week of preparation is in the books for Hilltopper Football as it finished up its work for Louisiana Tech Thursday afternoon at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.

WKU (3-4, 1-3 C-USA) tangles with Conference USA unbeaten LA Tech (5-3, 4-0 C-USA) Saturday in Ruston, La. in front of a national audience on Fox Sports Network and other regional networks across the country. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (CT) at Joe Aillet Stadium.

Saturday’s matchup features a contrast in strengths as the Hilltopper offense averaging 45.6 points per game faces a Bulldog defense surrendering 16 points per game in Conference USA action. WKU showed its offensive versatility in a 66-51 win over Old Dominion last week, gaining 371 yards through the air and 230 yards on the ground.

Head coach Jeff Brohm told the local media following Thursday’s practice that the Hilltoppers will need to display that kind of balanced attack again to hand the Bulldogs their first league loss.

“It’s important for us to run the ball and try to control the time of possession a little bit, but we don’t want to take away from our game too much” said Brohm. “We like to play at a good pace but we like to have positive plays, get yards in the running game and not put everything on the passing game.”

“We were able to get more balance last week. This week will be more of a challenge. There are a lot of different look we’re going to see, a little more pressure they’re going to put on us. It’s a good test for us.”

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Richt counting on Chubb against Gators

Richt counting on Chubb against Gators

Posted on 29 October 2014 by Allen

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Ninth-ranked Georgia conducted a 90-minute practice Wednesday as it finalizes preparations for its upcoming contest versus Florida in Jacksonville.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Wednesday was another spirited practiced, and he gave kudos to the scout team for their good effort in making it tough out there.

Richt was asked about the recent decision from the NCAA regarding when junior tailback Todd Gurley will be reinstated.

“We are focused on what we control,” Richt said. “The last few weeks we’ve done a good job of staying focused. When rules are broken, you don’t have control over discipline.”

Richt added that he’s asking Gurley to stay in good spirits and stay in good shape. Gurley has continued to practice with the team.

The last two games, freshman Nick Chubb has started at tailback for the Bulldogs and tallied 345 yards and three touchdowns in road wins over No. 23 Missouri and Arkansas.

Now in his 14th year at Georgia, Richt said the Florida game has always been emotionally charged for both teams, and the Bulldogs will need to play hard, fast, disciplined and together.

“Everybody on the field and in the stands will be real revved up,” Richt said.

Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) faces Florida (3-3, 2-3 SEC) Saturday at EverBank Field Kickoff will be at approximately 3:39 p.m., and the contest will be broadcast nationally on CBS. Georgia has won the past three meetings with the Gators.

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Vols are a 7 point underdog to Gamecocks

Vols are a 7 point underdog to Gamecocks

Posted on 29 October 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee will head to Columbia, South Carolina Saturday as 7 point underdogs to Steve Spurrier’s team. Last year the Vols beat the Gamecocks in Knoxville but will have to play them without last year’s hero, Justin Worley who is out with an injury. The lined opened at 8 but has fallen to 7 as money has come in on the Vols earlier in the week.

UT looked outclassed early against Alabama last week in Knoxville. The Tide jumped out to a 27 point lead but the Vols weathered the storm and cut the lead to 10 in the third quarter. Tennesse was a 17 point home dog to Bama but wound up covering only losing by 10.

South Carolina has been all over the place this year. The lost to Texas A&M to open the season, beat Georgia and Vandy, lost to Missouri and Kentucky, then almost beat Auburn on the road last week. The Gamecocks are 1-2 at home this season in SEC and with Josh Dobbs looking like a legit QB under center for Tennessee the Vols could keep this one close.

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Gurley suspended 4 games for taking money for autographs

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Gurley suspended 4 games for taking money for autographs

Posted on 29 October 2014 by Allen

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Georgia running back Todd Gurley will miss two more games after missing the Missouri and Arkansas games due to taking money from a memorabilia broker for signing autographs. The NCAA released a statement today announcing the punishment.

Todd Gurley, University of Georgia football student-athlete, must sit a total of four games, or 30 percent of the season, for accepting more than $3,000 in cash from multiple individuals for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years. Gurley, who acknowledged violating NCAA rules, must repay a portion of the money received to a charity of his choice and complete 40 hours of community service as additional conditions for his reinstatement. Gurley will be eligible to play on Nov. 15.

The University of Georgia announced they will appeal.

Tuesday afternoon the University received the decision from the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement staff regarding the University’s request for the reinstatement of Todd Gurley. The University plans to appeal the decision immediately.

Georgia plays Florida in Jacksonville Saturday on CBS at 3:30 PM ET.

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Mississippi State tops College Football Playoff Rankings

Mississippi State tops College Football Playoff Rankings

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Allen

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Mississippi State, boasting a 7-0 overall record and three wins over top-10 ranked teams, was tabbed No. 1 in the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings announced Tuesday night on ESPN.

The top-ranked Bulldogs were one of three Southeastern Conference teams in the top four. Florida State is No. 2 followed by No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 Ole Miss. Oregon, Alabama, TCU, Michigan State, Kansas State and Notre Dame round out the top 10.

The College Football Playoff rankings will be announced every Tuesday for the next six weeks. It leads to the unveiling of the semifinal pairings and bowl assignments on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 11:45 a.m. CT live on ESPN. The rankings and pairings are formed by the 12-member College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

The Bulldogs also own the top spot in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches polls. MSU is off to a 4-0 start in SEC play for the first time since 1999. Led by Heisman Trophy candidate Dak Prescott, running back Josh Robinson and Butkus Award semifinalist Benardrick McKinney, the Bulldogs are outscoring opponents 296-151 and have not trailed in over 177 minutes of football.

MSU hosts Arkansas at 6:15 p.m. CT Saturday live on ESPN2 from Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.

College Football Playoff Rankings (Oct. 25)
1. Mississippi State
2. Florida State
3. Auburn
4. Ole Miss
5. Oregon
6. Alabama
7. TCU
8. Michigan State
9. Kansas State
10. Notre Dame
11. Georgia
12. Arizona
13. Baylor
14. Arizona State
15. Nebraska
16. Ohio State
17. Utah
18. Oklahoma
19. LSU
20. West Virginia
21. Clemson
22. UCLA
23. East Carolina
24. Duke
25. Louisville

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