Well, that was quick. The reigning SEC champions — and many people’s sexy pick to win the conference again this season — started this season on the wrong foot. Friday night the Bulldogs lost to Rider. Yes, Rider. Your eyes do not deceive you.
The Bulldogs, who returned all five starters from last year’s team, came into the season ranked 18th in the AP poll and 19th in the Coaches poll. But that didn’t phase the Broncs, as they knocked off Miss. St 88-74 behind 21 points each from Mike Ringgold and Novar Gadson (who might just earn a spot on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Name Team).
The game marked the first major upset of the (very) young season, and can best be summed up by this quote from Miss. St’s Kodi Augustus:
This is Rider. [We’re] preseason ranked No. 18 in the country. We’re not supposed to lose our first game, home opener. Wow. It’s crazy.
Yup. Crazy seems like the right word for it.