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The tremendous success of the 2014 Mississippi State football team has the maroon faithful hoping for a Bulldogs SEC Football championship. Although MSU has consistently fielded competitive teams, 1941 was the last season that State ruled supreme in the conference standings.
MSU joined the SEC as a charter member of the Southeastern Conference when it was formed in December of 1932. The league kicked off with many of its current members such as LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss, but also included past members such as Tulane, Georgia Tech and Sewanee.
Early MSU Football History: Mississippi State posted a 1-5-1(SEC)record in their inaugural SEC season while going 3-6-1 overall. By the 1936 season, the Maroon fortunes began to turn as State earned their first winning mark in league play at (3-2) and (7-3-1).
MSU set the tone for championship success in 1940 with a second place 4-0-1 league record and 10-0-1 overall mark. Allen McKeen's squad finished 9th in the final AP Poll. Mississippi State also earned a trip to the 1941 Orange Bowl following the season and defeated Georgetown 14-7 in Miami. Erwin Elrod was also named as the SEC Player of the Year.
1941 SEC Football Champions
On the heels of an Orange Bowl win the previous season, State continued their excellent play in 1941. MSU earned a 4-0-1 mark in league play while going 8-1-1 overall. State edged the second placed Tennessee Vols who had a 3-1 record in league play. SEC wins for the champion Maroons squad included a 6-0 victory over Florida, 14-0 over Alabama, 14-7 over Auburn and a 6-0 victory over Ole Miss. A scoreless tie with LSU was State's only conference blemish, while the a 16-0 loss at 10th ranked Duquesne was the team's only loss.
Although Mississippi State finished the season ranked 16th in the Final AP poll, the Maroons were unable to go bowling with the winds of World War II blowing fierce. Closure of many airports and train stations kept MSU from being able to participate in a bowl game.
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