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Mithridates6
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
I think it was a down year for the SEC. Tennessee was very talented all around, but pretty unremarkable as far as national champions go. Still, going undefeated is a huge accomplishment. Fulmer should've won more than two SEC titles with the sheer volume of talent that went through there, but Spurrier owned him.


blackcurly
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
1998 was a weak year. Much like 2019. 2010 and 2009 were also weaker years.


redeye
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
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Much like 2019. 2010 and 2009 were also weaker years.


2010 wasn't a weak year at all. MSU finished 5th in the SEC-W and still beat the crap out of Michigan (52-14). Alabama finished 4th and beat the crap out of #7 Michigan State (49-7). Auburn won the national championship and Florida beat Penn State.


redeye
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
Also, 1998 was fairly normal for the 90s, imo. Tennessee was one of the best teams in the nation back then, so it's not like they just lucked into a national championship.


anc
Member since Nov 2012
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
Remember this. That was the first year of the BCS so there were lots of eyes on all the games.

Championship Saturday started with
1 Florida State (not playing, ACC Champ)
2 UCLA (playing USC)
3 Kansas State (playing A&M)
4 Tennessee (playing State)
5 Ohio State (not playing, Big 10 Champ)

UCLA was upset by USC and A&M stormed back and won in overtime against KState. In a span of about an hour, Tennessee went from playing for a spot in the Sugar Bowl to the national championship game. I really think State was able to take advantage because Tennessee played tight. State had a good defense that year and gave them fits until the end.

They even interviewed Tresell in the third quarter because Ohio State has a chance to jump in if State won.

It was actually one of the best days of football in the past 25 years.


boston vol
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
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UCLA was upset by USC

That would be a no. They lost at Miami in a game that was rescheduled from September due to a Hurricane.


anc
Member since Nov 2012
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
Sorry. I was going from memory and knew it was UCLA and assumed USC in final week.

You are correct.


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RollTide1987
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
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Championship Saturday started with
1 Florida State (not playing, ACC Champ)
2 UCLA (playing USC)
3 Kansas State (playing A&M)
4 Tennessee (playing State)
5 Ohio State (not playing, Big 10 Champ)


Actually...it started like this:

1. Tennessee
2. Kansas State
3. UCLA
4. Florida State
5. Ohio State


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ksayetiger
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
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Would have been lsu




jeez dude. people like you make lsu fans look horrific


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redeye
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
When the season wound down, Tennessee had been #1 in the AP for weeks, but I'd forgotten that KSU was #1 in the coaches poll. I don't remember the BCS standings. I guess I don't remember it being that close.

Tbh, I thought it was a fluke that Arkansas lost to MSU and didn't watch the SECCG until many years later. Didn't watch the Arkansas/MSU game because it wasn't on television. But that was a very good MSU team and it should have finished ranked. It's interesting that MSU won the West and beat Arkansas, but was never ranked higher, although I'm sure that early loss to Okie State had much to do with that.


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anc
Member since Nov 2012
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
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Tbh, I thought it was a fluke that Arkansas lost to MSU and didn't watch the SECCG until many years later. Didn't watch the Arkansas/MSU game because it wasn't on television


It was a JP game.

Last Five Minutes: LINK

State was a good team not a great team. Defense was outstanding but no offense. Won that day with five field goals and a defensive TD.

This post was edited on 6/28 at 8:50 pm


dawgfan24348
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
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my friend and I got mugged in ATL underground

Not shocking


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MullenBoys
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
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It was a JP game. Last Five Minutes: LINK State was a good team not a great team. Defense was outstanding but no offense. Won that day with five field goals and a defensive TD.


One thing us MSU fans have over every team in the conference is that we had a big time celebrity play QB for us. Chris Rock


Paul Allen
Notre Dame Fan
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Member since Nov 2007
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
Wayne Madkin was the QB


MullenBoys
Mississippi St. Fan
In the minds of Ole Miss fans
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
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Wayne Madkin was the QB


Correct and he looks like Chris Rock.


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OliverQueen81
Florida Fan
In The South
Member since Oct 2015
6614 posts

re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
Tennessee was lucky as frick in 98.


Captain Falcon
Mississippi St. Fan
Member since Apr 2020
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
There are two big things you have to consider about State in '98 and '99:

1. They didn't have to play Tennessee, Florida, or Georgia in the regular season either year.

2. LSU and Auburn were both bad at the time.

Those were good State teams but they absolutely benefited from a favorable schedule. And shoot, they didn't even beat all of the bad teams they played (lost badly to Okie State and LSU in '98) and other times it was a massive struggle to beat bad teams (Auburn and LSU in '99). Nostalgia has made those two teams better to State fans than they may have actually been, in my opinion Mullen had at least 2-3 teams that were probably as good or better than those two years in the late 90's.

I'm not sure the 2000 State teams wasn't the best of that era, or at least they should have been. Beat both division winners that year (Florida and Auburn) and still somehow managed to lose four games. They controlled their own destiny in the West going into the last two games and blew double digit leads in both of them.


dchog
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
The team was in a funk after they lost to Tennessee. The kicker had a DWI or DUI. It was a rainy game and nasty. I believe had we won against Tennessee, Nutt would still have a letdown game like he always did. If his team wasn't in a funk then they were recovering from a hangover.


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MedDawg
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
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1998 was a weak year. Much like 2019. 2010 and 2009 were also weaker years.


I see what you did there.


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Reservoir dawg
Mississippi St. Fan
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re: In 1998 Mississippi St. and Tennessee played for the SEC Championship.
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in my opinion Mullen had at least 2-3 teams that were probably as good or better than those two years in the late 90's.


The only Mullen defensive team that could compare was 2010. Those Sherrill 98-00 teams had killer d-lines, reminiscent of the those we had in the early 80s, but probably better.


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