Since Dan Mullen's first year in Starkville in 2009, he has worked feverishly to create a winning culture for the Bulldogs. Considering success on the field for the Bulldogs over the years has been few and far between, I would say Mullen has done a pretty darn good job up to this point.
From back-to-back bowl wins, 16 straight home sellouts, beating your in-state rival three straight times and now breaking ground on new facilities and stadium expansion, expectations are at an all-time high in Starkville.
But expectations are just that: expectations. For those expectations to become reality, certain hurdles must be jumped. For the Bulldogs, there are five burning questions heading into Saturday's opener vs. Jackson State that will soon be answered, and those questions will determine if the Maroons are stuck on average or ready to slap high-fives with the SEC West big boys.