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Mississippi State snatches No. 1 in Amway Coaches Poll

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Mississippi State is bowl eligible. As Bulldogs' coach Dan Mullen said following his team's latest victory Saturday, that used to be a big deal around Starkville. But there's even bigger news for Mississippi State after its takedown of defending SEC champ Auburn. The Bulldogs are No. 1. For the first time, Mississippi State tops the Amway Coaches poll, vaulting all the way up from the No. 6 position. It was a close vote as the Bulldogs narrowly edged Florida State by a single point. Mississippi State claimed 26 of 62 No. 1 votes. The Seminoles received 31 but still slid to No. 2 after a win at Syracuse. A huge showdown with No. 5 Notre Dame is on tap in Tallahassee. The good news for the Magnolia State continued as Ole Miss moved up to No. 3. The Rebels, who followed up their home win against Alabama with a road triumph at Texas A&M, picked up the remaining five No. 1 votes to edge ahead of No. 4 Baylor. The Bears slipped a spot despite mounting a strong fourth-quarter rally to overtake previously unbeaten TCU. Stock up: Michigan State. It was only a two-position gain, but it was a significant move for the Spartans to the No. 6 spot as they now claim the title of highest-ranked one-loss team. They nudged ahead of No. 7 Alabama, which barely escaped Arkansas with a one-point win.

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