MSU moves up to No. 16 in both major polls

Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead visits with his offense.

Staff Writer

Mississippi State was able to get its first non-conference football win over a power-5 opponent since 1995 on Saturday.

The 31-10 victory by the Bulldogs over the Kansas State Wildcats impressed poll watchers across the country enough to move them up a bit in the rankings.

After the road success and improving to 2-0 this season, MSU jumped two spots to No. 16 in both The Associated Press Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll released on Sunday.

The Bulldogs are the fifth-highest team in the Southeastern Conference behind Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and LSU.

MSU’s Joe Moorhead, who became the fourth head coach in school history to open his career at 2-0, was very thankful to escape Kansas State with a win.

“It is a great accomplishment for our team,” Moorhead said after the game. “We did some very positive things in all three phases. We executed with more precision (Saturday) than we did against Stephen F. Austin. I am very pleased. I am excited to get out of here with a win and to be 2-0.”

The Bulldogs have been hanging around the national polls for some time now.

This is the 10th-straight week that MSU has been ranked dating back to Oct. 29 of last season and it has been ranked the first three weeks of the season for the first time since 2011.