This is the ninth in a series looking at the 10-year trends of SEC football teams.
Here is a look at Mississippi State’s 10-year trend.
Dan Mullen has placed his stamp on the Bulldogs’ program, going 29-22 as the Mississippi State head coach over the past four years. The former offensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer was 5-7 in 2009, his first year, then had the Bulldogs firing on all cylinders in what ended as a 9-4 second campaign. That glorious year finished with State manhandling Michigan in the Gator Bowl.
The Bulldogs’ record dipped to 7-6, with a 2-6 conference mark, in 2012. State went 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the league last season, but the Bulldogs lost to Ole Miss 41-24 in the Egg Bowl and Northwestern 34-20 in the Gator Bowl.
Before Mullen’s arrival, however, State had struggled under Sylvester Croom, the first black head football coach in SEC history. Croom went 21-38 from 2004 through 2008. Croom’s 2007 team did go 8-5, with a Liberty Bowl win. His other four Mississippi State teams, however, went 13-33 with a 6-26 SEC mark.