SEC football power rankings after spring portal closes: Did Bulldogs get better?

Here's a look at where the Mississippi State Bulldogs rank in the SEC football hierarchy after the closure of the spring portal.
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Can Missouri do it again, this time when everyone expects great things? Last year, the Tigers came from out of nowhere to go 11-2. Repeating that now that they will have somewhat of a target on their back will be even more unlikely.

The good news is that they have QB Brady Cook and WR Luther Burden back to pace the offense after both broke out last season. The bad news is that they lost leading rusher Cody Schrader to the NFL. Can Georgia State transfer Marcus Carroll prove to be a lead back in the SEC this year? That will be interesting to find out.

Defense could be an issue as well with massive losses to the NFL. What's more, the Tigers have to replace defensive coordinator Blake Baker, who is now at LSU.