No. 1 ranking will take time to sink in for Miss. State

No. 1 ranking will take time to sink in for Miss. State

first_imgPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:845cda466fadeb3b92bc8323 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-417702-3834746353001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Mississippi State (1,490 points) received one more point than Florida State to earn the top spot in the Amway Coaches Poll.The Seminoles own the nation’s longest winning streak at 22 games. MSU is second with nine straight.“I remember those days when we really weren’t winning,” Hughes said. “We just kept grinding, and we stuck with it and it’s really paying off right now.”Hughes arrived on campus in 2010 during Dan Mullen’s second season as coach. The Bulldogs had one winning season in the previous nine years.Since that time, MSU recorded five straight winning seasons.Now, with the win over Auburn, it also secured a school-record fifth-straight bowl trip.But in Hughes’ fifth year with the team, success is no longer measured by a bowl.“We haven’t even guaranteed ourselves a winning record yet this season, so before we kind of get too far ahead out there, I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished the first half of the season,” Mullen said. “But certainly, we have a lot more goals that we wanted to accomplish coming into this season.”The journey to No. 1 wasn’t a smooth one.Mullen won five games his first season in Starkville. After winning nine in year-two, he hasn’t reached that total since.Fans began to question the head coach’s direction last season. Now, they aren’t opposed to a lifetime contract.“There wasn’t a simple fix,” Mullen said. “It took a president. It took an athletic director, a student body, an entire university family is what it takes if you want to build a program.”Contact Michael Bonner at (601) 961-7289 or [email protected] ackson.gannett.com. Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.No. 1 Mississippi State at Kentucky Oct. 25, TBDCommonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Kentucky Session ID: 2020-09-18:ea9de9dfcb9d101373385915 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-637568-3835505505001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.S TARKVILLE – Mississippi State defensive back Jay Hughes tip toed around questions regarding rankings.Saturday’s 38-23 win over then-No. 2 Auburn gave then-No. 3 MSU a chance of jumping to No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.A first for MSU: No. 1 in the countryWho voted Ole Miss No. 1 in the AP poll?But the senior deflected thoughts of the possible status, talking more of “just playing football,” confidence and weight training.“We work out just about every other day and, uh,” Hughes paused.The Bulldogs’ captain could only contain his satisfaction for so long. He exhaled and smiled.“This feels good man,” Hughes said.It may have felt even better the next day. Mississippi State did, in fact, achieved that No. 1 ranking in both the AP and the Amway Coaches poll released Sunday after its big upset win over the Tigers.It’s the first time in school history MSU sits atop the polls. The Bulldogs received 45 first-place votes in the AP poll. Before last week, the Bulldogs had never received a first-place vote in that poll.MSU totaled 1,480 points to lead all teams and jump in front of last week’s No. 1 Florida State, which received 1,415 points.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img

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