After the Tigers lost to the Bulldogs in a not-so-close game.
Mississippi State is 3-0 and coming off a 37-7 beatdown of then-No. 12 LSU.
LSU is 2-1 and coming off a 37-7 beatdown by the Bulldogs.
Somehow, though, there were five voters in the AP Poll who placed LSU ahead of Mississippi State on their ballots.
That makes no sense.
Pat Dooley of The Gainesville Sun had LSU at No. 16 on his ballot, eight spots ahead of Mississippi State at No. 24. Of course, Pat also put both Kentucky (No. 19) and Vanderbilt (No. 21) on his ballot, too. In fact, Pat had seven SEC teams on his ballot, though only Alabama in the top 10.
Still, putting LSU eight spots ahead of Mississippi State seems a lot less than ideal.
Dooley wasn’t alone, though. Terry Hutchens of CNHI Sports Indiana also had LSU at No. 16 and Mississippi State at … actually he didn’t rank Mississippi State at all. I’m not sure what the thought process is there.
The other three voters to rank LSU ahead of Mississippi State this week were Steve Patterson (Quad City Times), Grace Raynor (The Post and Courier) and Jonny Miller (WBZ NewsRadio 1030 in Boston). Much like Hutchens, neither Patterson or Miller ranked Mississippi State at all. At least Raynor was kind enough to include the Bulldogs.
Figure it out, guys.