This is the second article in a series in which I am attempting to predict how the season to come will go for the SEC West. Each article is written from the perspective that the 2010 season has just ended, and that I am a fan of a team reviewing the season as a whole.
This is merely an interesting way of making a prediction on how the 2010 season will go for each school in the SEC West. I hope that everyone will enjoy and please feel free to leave me a nice comment, or tell me how crazy, insane, and completely clueless about football I am. Either way it is your choice.
2010-2011 Season Review Miss St.
Ending the season last year 5-7 was not the ideal start to the Dan Mullen era, but whooping in-state rival Ole Miss 41-27 put's smiles on all the fan's faces. The year started with the Bulldog's watching bowl games from the comfort of home. Florida destroyed Cincinnati and Alabama won a National Title.
Dan Mullen had a solid recruiting class locking up most of the in-state talent and finishing in the top 35 nationally recruiting. Spring practice came and went and the receiving corps began to shine.
Then the season began and when it was all said and done one thing was obvious: Miss St. put everyone on notice. Dan Mullen and his Bulldogs had one of the most fantastic seasons in Miss St history. Going 9-3 and 5-3 in SEC play is a giant leap forward for a team that did not even go bowling last year.
There were ups and downs along the way but the product on the field was as solid as any Bulldog team in recent memory. As we look back on the season in preparation for the Cotton Bowl, I will put the games into three categories 1) The Blowouts; 2) Games to remember; and finally 3) Games to forget.
Without any further fluffery or build up let us review the 2010 regular season.
It almost seems strange to list blowouts and not refer to Miss St being on the receiving end. In recent years games against Memphis, UAB, Kentucky, and Houston may have been anything but gimmies, but this Bulldog team showed it was for real from the start.
Miss St 45, Memphis 10: It was one of those games that 10 minutes before kickoff everyone knew it was going to be a one-sided affair.
Miss St 54, Alcorn St 0: In a different year maybe it would have been interesting for a quarter or two but this game was over when it was scheduled.
Miss St 42, Houston 21: Houston left a sour taste in the mouths of the boy's from Starkville last year, and this year Miss St returned the favor.
Miss St 38, UAB 13: It was close for the first 30 minutes, but the halftime adjustments proved fatal for the Blazers.
Miss St 35, Kentucky 17: The Wildcats never seemed to find any rhythm, and if not for a few presents from the Bulldogs late, this game would have been even worse.
Games to remember...
These were the games that defined not only Dan Mullen and his coaching abilities, but the player's who suit up in Maroon. In each of these games, character and heart were revealed. These games in recent years would have been lost but times are a changing as fortune would have it.
Miss St 35, Auburn 34: This game was going to be the Tiger's coming out party, and ended up being a building block for the Bulldog's. It was a hard fought game till the end, and all seemed lost until a blocked extra point prevented overtime.
Miss St 27, LSU 21: In recent years Les Miles has botched a few games and this one will be remembered for not squib kicking with two seconds left. Once that ball was caught it was taken 98 yards for a game winning touchdown.
Miss St 38, Florida 28: Some will argue that this game was given to the Bulldog's by turnovers, but when there are 6 of them, some are just as arguably taken away. This game was the signature moment so far of the Dan Mullen era, and a sign of the future of Florida in the Post-Tebow era.
Miss St 45, Ole Miss 35: It was a lot closer this year but the end result was the same. The Bulldogs lifted the Egg Bowl trophy above their heads and spoiled the parties at the Grove.
Games to forget....
As far as the Miss St Bulldogs have come, these next three games show how far they still have to go. All in all each came was worth watching and hard fought till the bitter end.
Georgia 28, Miss St 21: It was not a blowout but when you lose a game in the final minutes it is always best to forget about it and move on.
Arkansas 35, Miss St 31: It was a fight for Orlando and came down to the last minutes but it would be a Bulldog fumble that would seal the deal with 30 seconds left.
Alabama 35, Miss St 14: Losing to the defending National Champs and current SEC champions is always respectable. Add in the fact that was on their home turf and it is almost expected. No matter what, the Bulldogs never quit and fought to win until the last second came off the clock.
So there is the Bulldog season in review fellow Bulldog's. I hope that you each have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you at Jerry world in Ft Worth, Texas.