With the fall of the Arkansas Razorbacks this year, it looks like Mississippi State will fill in its role as the third-best team in the SEC West.
That being said, that is a great role to be in, as the Bulldogs should finish their season with a 9-3 or 10-2 record and a spot in the Cotton Bowl.
Mississippi State has played well through three games this year, as running back LaDarius Perkins has filled in nicely for Vick Ballard, who left for the NFL. Through three games, Perkins has averaged at least one score a game. His breakout game came last week against Troy, where he rushed for 179 yards and a score.
We will find out more about this Bulldogs team in three weeks, when they host the Tennessee Volunteers.