It is the highest ranking in the AP poll to end a season for the Bulldogs since finishing ninth in 1940. The No. 12 ranking in the Coaches poll is tied for the best with the 1999 team that finished the at the same number.
MSU is the third highest ranked Southeastern Conference team, behind Alabama at No. 4 and Georgia at No. 9 in the AP poll. The Bulldogs are the fourth highest SEC team in the Coaches poll, with Alabama, Georgia and Missouri ahead of Dan Mullen’s squad.
The Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 for five weeks. It was the first ever time MSU claimed the top spot in the poll. The Bulldogs started the season 9-0, but lost three of their last four games, including the final two against in-state rival Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl and against Georgia Tech in the Capital One Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
MSU finished the season with a record of 10-3.