Friday, April 5, 2013
Mississippi State picked to lose opener
By Chris Low
Mississippi State was an overwhelming pick by the fans as the SEC team most likely to lose its 2013 opener.
The Bulldogs open the season against Oklahoma State on Aug. 31 at Houston's Reliant Stadium. Oklahoma State was ranked No. 20 in colleague Mark Schlabach's 2013 Way-Too-Early Preseason Top 25.
With more than 11,800 votes cast in our SportsNation poll, 56 percent of the fans voting picked Mississippi State to lose to Oklahoma State. Georgia was tabbed as the SEC's second most likely team to lose opening week with 29 percent of the fans picking the Bulldogs to lose at Clemson, which was No. 11 in Schlabach's preseason poll.
Third place went to LSU, which faces TCU in Arlington, Texas, to open the season. The Tigers got 9 percent of the vote.
Fourth place went to Alabama, which plays Virginia Tech in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. The Crimson Tide received 4 percent.
Only 2 percent of the fans voted for South Carolina to lose at home to North Carolina.