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Starkville Daily News - - SOUTH­EAST­ERN CON­FER­ENCE FOOT­BALL -

wins for Mis­sis­sippi State that sea­son.

The Bull­dogs took that 8-0 record into a game at No. 11 Alabama. MSU lost a 19-7 de­ci­sion in Tuscaloosa.

It was a game the Bull­dogs prob­a­bly felt like they could have won.

In the very next game, State had to go on the road for a game against No. 22 Arkansas in Lit­tle Rock. Even though they were still ranked No. 12 af­ter be­ing

beaten by the Tide, the Bull­dogs were up­set by the Hogs 14-9.

MSU still fin­ished that sea­son suc­cess­fully with a 23-20 vic­tory over Ole Miss and de­feated Clem­son 17-7 in the Peach Bowl. The fi­nal record for the Bull­dogs was

10-2, which stands as one of the best sea­sons in school his­tory, but they were also left to won­der what might have been.

Hope­fully this year's MSU team won't be pon­der­ing the same thing when Satur­day's game against Arkansas is

over.

The Bull­dogs can still have an out­stand­ing sea­son and se­cure a very good bowl game. If they can't get it done against the Ra­zor­backs and the ri­val Rebels on Thanks­giv­ing night, then it will cer­tainly cast a shadow

on the year.

Danny P. Smith is the sports ed­i­tor and colum­nist for The Starkville Daily News. The opin­ions in this col­umn are his AnD Do not nEC­Es­sAr­ILy rE­flECt the views of the SDN or its staff.

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