In late November of last year Dan Mullen brought the Dawgs back from Little Rock, AR with their tail between their legs. The team was 5-6 and he was 19-17 in almost three full years at MSU. Since then, he's reeled off 9 straight wins for a 28-17 career record. That is a winning percentage that places him 5th all-time in Mississippi State history.
Mullen is also the 6th winningest coach in MSU history (5th officially since Bob Tyler had to forfeit 18 games).
Coach Mullen has accomplished several goals during his time at State. 2009 - winning the Egg Bowl. 2010 - making it to and winning a bowl game. 2011 - three straight Egg Bowls, two consecutive bowl wins. 2012 - beating Auburn.
He has done exceptionally well in winning the games he is supposed to win....a 21-2 record when favored (.913). Now for the next step, beating a top 10 team.
In Mullen's 3+ years he has beaten two ranked teams: #25 Ole Miss in 2009 and #22 Florida in 2010, and lost to 12 of them: GA Tech, LSU (3), Auburn (2), Alabama (3), Arkansas (2) and South Carolina.
Out of those 12 losses to ranked teams, 6 of them have come to top 10 teams. Average margin of victory for that top 10 team over MSU: 16.5.
This week, #1 Alabama. A chance for Dan Mullen and Mississippi State to take yet another step as a program.