2013 Results: 7-6 5th in the West (3-5); won the Liberty Bowl over Rice.
2013 Highlight: Three game win streak to end the season, including a big bowl win.
2013 Lowlight: 0-5 vs. SEC Heavyweights. Still no shocker upset.
2014 Outlook: Last season was a bit of a step back following 2012’s results, but Dan Mullen remains optimistic about his team. Truly this season is one of potential for the Bulldogs. They will have to get some upset wins to be a factor in the west. They begin their conference schedule with three tough games at LSU and home games against Texas A&M and Auburn.
Biggest Issue to Solve: Consistency. The only way to sustain success is through consistency. In five years under Dan Mullen, the Bulldogs have never won more than 4 conference games. Let that sink in a moment. Despite going to four straight bowl games they haven’t been better than .500 in conference play. I guess to some extent that is consistent, but that’s not the type I’m talking about. The consistency I’m speaking of involves consistently competing to be in the top of the SEC west and that’s going to take more than 4 conference wins.
Key Players: QB Dak Prescott, WR Jameon Lewis, LB Benardric McKinney and DL Chris Jones
Most Important Game: Oct. 11 vs. Auburn; home game vs. a good SEC opponent and a legit chance to spring an upset. If they lose this game they could potentially begin conference play 0-3.
Media Prediction (SEC finish): 5th SEC West
My Prediction (SEC finish): 7th SEC West (2-6)
My Overall Record Prediction: 6-6
Why?: Mississippi St. isn’t quite good enough to compete in the SEC west right now. And I don’t know that Dan Mullen is the problem. I think they need to accept their position in the conference and not fire Mullen after this season no matter what his record is. They’re averaging three SEC wins in the past five years and haven’t won more than four conference games since 1999. For me that says a lot.
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