Mississippi State vs. Tennessee Football: Winners and Losers

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Mississippi State vs. Tennessee Football: Winners and Losers
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Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0) defeated Tennessee (3-3, 0-3) 41 to 31 in front of a packed house and national television audience Saturday night. For the Bulldogs, this win was monumental for many reasons. 

The Bulldogs are 6-0 for the first time since 1999, tied for first in the SEC West with Alabama and ranked 12th in the first BCS poll of the season. 

Many people, be it fans or media, are still hesitant to place the Bulldogs among the nation's better programs, but the Bulldogs will have time to show they do, or do not, belong in the coming weeks. 

Tennessee is still winless in the conference and rumblings continue to intensify about head coach Derek Dooley's future with the program.  Tennessee still has several winnable games on their schedule and could still make it to a decent bowl come the end of the season.  

Will that be enough for Dooley to salvage another season in Knoxville?  Only time will tell for both Mississippi State and Tennessee as there are several unanswered questions for these two teams, but today we look at the winners and losers of Saturday night's game in Starkville. 

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