SEC Football: Mississippi State on Verge of Disastrous Start to Season

Jeremy HillmanContributor IOctober 1, 2011

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 10:  Coach Dan Mullen of the Mississippi State Bulldogs reacts to the replay of the final play where the Auburn Tigers stopped quarterback Chris Relf #14 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the goal line in the fourth quarter on September 10, 2011 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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As we head into halftime of the Georgia versus Mississippi State game, the Georgia Bulldogs are leading the Mississippi State Bulldogs 21-3.

Georgia has been able to move the ball effectively against the Mississippi State defense, especially running the football, and the State offense is struggling to get things going at all.

Isaiah Crowell, the talented freshman running back for Georgia, already has 90 rushing yards at the half.

After a nine-win season in 2010, Dan Mullen had the Mississippi State fanbase excited this preseason. Expectations soared and the Bulldog faithful, and some others across the country, felt like this could be a special season in Starkville.

Mississippi State was ranked as the No. 20 team in the country this preseason and were picked to finish as high as third in the tough SEC Western Division.

In the opening week of the season, they routed Memphis and moved to No. 16 in the nation.

Since then, things haven't gone as planned.

A game at rebuilding Auburn could have been won, maybe should have been won, and yet it was lost.

State battled hard the next week against LSU on a Thursday night, but came up short again.

A win over La Tech was closer than fans would have liked last weekend, but it was win.

Now here they are with a 2-2 record and down by 18 points to the Georgia Bulldogs, who are also just 2-2 on the season.

If the maroon and white bulldogs don't make some adjustments at halftime, the Mississippi State fans will have to endure a disappointing 2-3 start.

Even more worrisome is the fact that State still has games against South Carolina and Alabama, and a road game against Arkansas on the schedule.

Lose those three and the Bulldogs will be looking at having to win the Egg Bowl just to qualify for bowl game.

That is a lot of pressure for a rivalry game, even if Ole Miss is struggling so far this year.

That is not the scenario State fans had in mind in early September.

It is a long season and anything can happen, even in the second half of this game. However, Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State Bulldogs are looking relative disaster right in the face.