Jackson State, Troy, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee. Those are the list of lightweights Scott Stricklin lined up for Mississippi State this year.... 3-0 so far for the Dawgs. MSU and A&M are the only SEC teams who didn't schedule a BCS non-conference foe this year.
Is this schedule hurting Mississippi State?
- Is it not creating enough competition to keep the team sharp?
- Is the MSU administration selling a poor product to the fans?
- Is it creating such a large gap between quality competition that the team will have difficulty 'turning it on' emotionally?
State did on Sat. eve what I did today: went to the office and got through a sluggish Monday without accomplishing anything great, but on balance succeeding rather than failing. Friday’s going to be different, though. Friday’s a big day. It’s going to be 12-14 hours, and I have got to be ON, baby! And I will be. I love big days. Too many little days in a row and all I want to do is come home early, sip some wine, read FWtCBT, and natter on in the comments section. Vision, shimsion. Big days are motivators. Hell, average days are motivators; I like my work. Too many little days in a row and even an alpha dog gets lazy.
I thought this was one of the better arguments FOR a more difficult non-conference slate. I also think that the answer to the three questions I asked is yes. But I still keep coming back to one invariable conclusion: Mississippi State is 3-0.
In the greatest conference in the land, the SEC, several teams have fallen victim to non-conference foes.
- Arkansas to ULM and Rutgers
- Ole Miss to Texas
- Auburn to Clemson (and almost to ULM)
- Kentucky to Louisville and Western Kentucky
- Vanderbilt to Northwestern