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No. 31: Mississippi State

What last fall did was bring Mississippi State back down to Earth. Run roughshod over the SEC? Leap tall buildings, Nick Saban and L.S.U. in a single bound? Put together an offense that will leave this defense-based conference gasping for breath? It’s not that easy, with last season as our evidence — but don’t get off the bandwagon. Instead, adjust your thinking to recognize the battles that await any team hoping to reach bowl eligibility in the SEC, let alone one planning to go from the outhouse to the penthouse in a three-year span. The road to a major bowl will always go through an Auburn, Arkansas, L.S.U. or Alabama; that’s life in the SEC West, where you’re either quick or you’re dead, and no one wants to be Mississippi. So where does that leave the Bulldogs heading into fall camp? Here’s where it should: firm in the knowledge that progression comes in all shapes and sizes; that sometimes, improvement is not necessarily manifested in the win column; and that last year’s team was not necessarily worse than the nine-win team that preceded it. All systems are still go. The bandwagon remains full. But it will never, ever be easy to navigate the rocky shores of the SEC West.

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    No. 22: Mississippi State

    Here’s a new one: now that the Florida ship has sailed, Dan Mullen will be the next coach at Ohio State once that program begins a national search in January. No, that can’t be right. I thought Mullen was just biding his time until Joe Paterno hung up his whistle at Penn State? Scratch that: Mullen’s next in line at Texas, clearly, once Mack Brown goes; or L.S.U., when Les Miles’ in-game shenanigans become too much for that program to bear; or Oklahoma, Alabama, U.S.C. and so on. Seems like the only place people won’t predict Mullen will be five years from now is Mississippi State. Why is that? Why couldn’t Mullen hunker down and make Starkville his home for the next five years, decade, the rest of his career? If last season is any indication, Mullen can win at Mississippi State, and there’s always the draw of finishing what one has started — being the face and name behind a program’s ascendancy.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.