Georgia 31, Mississippi State 3, college football final

By: 
JOEL COLEMAN
Staff Writer

One week after dishing out a whooping, Mississippi State got whooped. That’s just all it was to it.

Much like MSU did to LSU one week prior, Georgia absolutely dominated State on Saturday, even more than the 31-3 final score indicated.

Maybe the most concerning thing for Mississippi State is that it got whipped up front. Georgia’s offensive line manhandled State’s defensive front. That gave running backs Nick Chubb and D’Andre Swift plenty of room to run through (they rushed for 83 and 72 yards respectively) and allowed true freshman quarterback Jake Fromm to get comfortable as he passed for 201 yards and a pair of scores.

If that wasn’t bad enough, MSU’s offense was stifled. State totaled just 280 yards. MSU had only 103 yards through the air.

Mix all that up and it’s a recipe for a loss.

There’s no shame in losing a Southeastern Conference football game. There is even less shame in losing one to a talented Georgia team that very likely could represent the SEC East in the league’s championship game this December.

Make no mistake about it though, losing like MSU did on Saturday had to be a drastic wake-up call.

More than one media outlet or reporter proclaimed Mississippi State to be the second-best team in the SEC following last week’s win over LSU. I don’t know if MSU itself ever bought into that hype, but what I do know is that if it did, Saturday was a nice warm slice of humble pie.

So now just who is this Mississippi State team? Is it the team that walloped LSU or is it the squad that was manhandled by Georgia?

We’ll know more next Saturday. In six days, Mississippi State travels to Auburn.

It’s funny that it has worked out like this. It’s seemingly a yearly occurrence that the Auburn game kind of ends up defining Mississippi State’s season. It has shaped up that way yet again. Win at Auburn and MSU will have a chance to go into November still as contenders in the SEC West. Lose and those hopes are all but gone because Alabama looks like a juggernaut yet again.

It’s going to be very interesting to see where MSU goes from here. A week ago, State looked like one of the nation’s elite. We’ll know soon enough if MSU can dust itself off after one ugly, nasty fall.

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