Mississippi State Bulldogs

No. 17 Mississippi St faces No. 17 Georgia in early SEC test

Who's the best team in the Southeastern Conferences?

Once you get past top-ranked Alabama, that is?

The answer should be a bit more apparent after a Saturday night between the hedges.

In a game between unfamiliar rivals sharing little beyond a nickname, No. 11 Georgia hosts No. 17 Mississippi State in an early season showdown that will help shake out the balance of the power in the SEC.

"I really don't think there's anybody really clear-cut, head-and-shoulders above in the SEC, probably outside of Alabama," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. "So we're going to find out."

Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0) is coming off a 30-point blowout of...