Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
Dan Mullen has done a great job in making Mississippi State relevant this season. The Bulldogs are undefeated and currently ranked No. 11 in the BCS standings.
You have to wonder, however, just how inflated that record really is, since the team's early schedule included less-than-stellar non-conference opponents such as Jackson State, South Alabama, Troy and Middle Tennessee State.
The team's only two notable wins of the season came against Auburn and Tennessee, which have been two of the most disappointing teams in the SEC in 2012.
We'll find out a lot about the Bulldogs in the next three games, all of which are against ranked teams—Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU—before finishing up with Arkansas and Ole Miss.
This dream season has the potential to turn into a nightmare rather quickly.