Associated Press voters and the College Football Playoff selection committee are likely to rank Mississippi State in the 20s heading into the Egg Bowl, but ESPN’s Football Power Index says Joe Moorhead’s squad is a top-10 team.
The World Wide Leader’s “measure of team strength” has been updated after Week 12 and Mississippi State is up from No. 11 to No. 9. The FPI is based on a score to reflect “how many points above or below average a team is” and ESPN’s calculations have the Bulldogs well above average despite four losses on the season.
Other movement from Week 11: Alabama is down from No. 1 to No. 2. The Crimson Tide defeated FCS The Citadel 50-17, a score on the field that dinged its FPI score. LSU is down from No. 12 to No. 19. Texas A&M fell from No. 14 to No. 16. Missouri, on the other hand, moves up from No. 14 to No. 16. Auburn drops a spot from No. 17 to No. 18. Florida moves up from No. 22 to No. 17.
- No. 2 – Alabama
- No. 3 – Georgia
- No. 9 – Mississippi State
- No. 14 – Missouri
- No. 16 – Texas A&M
- No. 17 – Florida
- No. 18 – Auburn
- No. 19 – LSU
The rankings for all 130 FBS teams, including the rest of the SEC, can be viewed here.