If you’re looking for a barometer of how good Mississippi State is, here’s what you need to know:
The Bulldogs flexed their muscles against Memphis in the opening weekend, winning by 45.
Arkansas State then turned around and did the same thing in week two, winning by 44.
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State’s head coach, is often credited as being the architect behind Florida’s offensive success while serving as offensive coordinator there. Mullen is now in his third season at State.
For some reason, Mullen has been regarded as a guru, a sure-fire short-timer in Starkville until a bigger job comes open.
But here’s a shocking stat for you. In his time there, his teams have yet to beat an SEC West opponent other than Ole Miss. He is 0-9 collectively against Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Arkansas. That mark will be 0-10 in just three days when LSU comes a’callin’.
Now don’t get me wrong; he owns impressive wins over Jackson State, Memphis, Alcorn State and UAB…juggernauts in the world of college football. And he’s also benefitted from the luck of the SEC draw, landing Kentucky and Vandy in each of his first two seasons.
But in two tries Mullen’s firecracker offense has mustered one touchdown against Nick Saban’s Alabama.
And in predictable fashion, though they managed 34 against Auburn’s porous defense (27 if you take away the pick six), his Bulldogs folded under pressure down on the plains…subsequently still looking for an SEC West win against a foe that doesn’t share the same state income tax forms.
But as pitiful as they are, they came the width of a dime from sending their game with Auburn into overtime, with nowhere near the quality of recruits on their maroon and white clad sidelines. Let that sink in for a moment.
Still, capstonereport.com is proud to present Dan Mullen as this week’s winner of the Peep of the Week award!
Peeps are a light, fluffy, tasty marshmallow treat guaranteed not to fill you up if eaten, or hurt you if dropped directly on your head from the top of the Empire State Building.
And like Mississippi State’s head man, and subsequently, his teams, Peeps are soft. Congratulations coach!
Don’t worry. The Egg Bowl is just ten games away.