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Bulldogs and Rebels on SI Cover

Posted on 07 October 2014 by Allen


For the first time in the magazine’s storied history, Mississippi State football graces the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated that hits shelves Wednesday following the Bulldogs’ 48-31 win over sixth-ranked Texas A&M last Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium.

The Bulldogs share the cover with Ole Miss after a historic weekend in the Magnolia State that saw both teams take down top-10 opponents. MSU is off to a 5-0 start and has earned its highest national ranking ever — No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

It’s the first time that any MSU sport has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Senior writer Pete Thamel spent the entire week with the Bulldogs, going all-access from team meetings to the postgame locker room celebration. He documents MSU’s blue-collar approach to achieving success with interviews from head coach Dan Mullen, Heisman Trophy candidate Dak Prescott and Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin.

Simon Bruty, one of the world’s elite sports photographers, shot photos during the week of the Bulldogs’ preparation leading up to the game. The images illustrate the cover story that saw MSU beat top-10 opponents in back-to-back games for the first time in school history.

In addition, MSU has garnered national attention from Rolling Stone, Washington Post, New York Times, Yahoo Sports, ESPN.com, FoxSports.com, The Wall Street Journal, CBSSports.com and USA Today during the past two weeks’ historic run.

Ole Miss is coming off a big win over #2 Alabama last week in Oxford.

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