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It's still unclear whether this season will lead to the Bulldogs being a future contender in the very difficult SEC West, but Dan Mullen is laying the foundation. Thanks to upgraded recruiting, the level of play has escalated in Starkville.
Another team that no doubt benefited from a soft schedule. They also may not be gaining much recognition had it not been for a miraculous win against Florida State, a game in which the Seminoles coughed up a big lead and fumbled late in the game close to the goal line.
That being said, the Wolfpack became bowl-eligible in November for the first time since 2003 and hadn't won more than six games in coach Tom O'Brien's four-year tenure prior to this year.
With the Conference shuffle this past summer, there has to be some debate about which program will take control of the WAC. Much of the preseason hype focused on Idaho after their breakthrough season last year, but lost in the mix was the consistency of the Warriors.
After winning three conference games last season, they've won five already this year and look like the best program remaining in the trimmed WAC...if they don't go independent.
The Golden Hurricane lost some close games last year, so their rise wasn't completely out of the blue. But, then again, they opened this season by losing on a Hail Mary at East Carolina.
A win over Notre Dame may not mean what it used to, but it was still a notch on Tulsa's belt who still hope to play for the C-USA title.
The Wolverines won just one conference game a year ago. Rich Rod has his system and players in place now leading to much improvement, but with troubles and criticism surrounding him, it still may not be enough to save his job.