The first sign that the Mississippi State Bulldogs might actually have a pretty good team? The players don't seem all that enamored with their 4-0 start.
"Our guys have not been pleased with their performance as a complete team yet," Bulldogs coach Dan Mullen told me this week. "They keep themselves in check. They say, 'Hey, this is not good enough yet.' "
That's probably fair, to some extent. Mullen reminds me that Mississippi State, which is off this week, still hasn't seen a ranked team on its schedule -- although defeating Auburn a few weeks back was something of a mini-breakthrough for a team that's trying to climb up the SEC West ladder.
There are reasons, whether it's personnel or the team's schedule, to believe Mississippi State might be something of a darkhorse to get to 10 wins -- and maybe, just maybe, sneak into a BCS game as an at-large team. (I'll get to a few other quiet contenders for BCS berths a bit later in this post.)
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