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2014 MSU football review: Is 10-2 possible again?

As we continue our look at the memorable 2014 Mississippi State football season, we come to the fifth item/question in our list: "Do you think 10-2 this year is a sign of things to come, a fluke, or just an uptick year that Dan will be able to produce every so often?" We posed this question to our writers, and we're asking you all to weigh in as well.

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Do you think 10-2 this year is a sign of things to come, a fluke, or just an uptick year that Dan will be able to produce every so often?

I don't think it's a fluke, but, being a classic MSU fan, my expectations are still tempered. I'm a bit more inclined to think of this season as a blueprint for how good the team can be every few years than to think that ten wins will become the norm. Now, that doesn't mean that I think this season was without lasting effect. I certainly believe that Mullen is gradually raising the floor, and that with every season like this, we get farther and farther away from hoping for six or seven wins and a low-level bowl. Hopefully the next couple of years will show me that the program is ready to move more quickly toward perennial division contender. -

I think what the season has done is establish higher expectations. Will Mississippi State always turn in 10-2 seasons or better? Nope. Are losing seasons a thing of the past? Nope, but they will occur pretty rarely. The Bulldogs have established themselves as a team that should feel like six games are in the bag at the start of the season, and a shot at 9 or more wins should be possible. -

I think Dan's success is sustainable if he can keep his coaches around. Obviously, he has no problem getting recruits and building them up so I'd say there's a very good chance this success will continue. Dan's biggest problem with sustaining 10-win seasons is the fact that MSU plays in the best division in the best conference in college football. Until that changes, no amount of success in a certainty. -

Not pulling any punches with this question. I think I speak for Bulldogs everywhere when I say that I hope it's a sign of things to come. We're recruiting better than ever, and more importantly, we're developing players better than ever. And the SEC itself is stronger than ever, so by default, we have to be stronger as a program just to compete, especially within our division. That said, I don't really expect 10-2 on a regular basis. I think 7-5 to 9-3 is a realistically sustainable level for us. And we'll certainly have a chance at 10-2 or better every 4-6 years. And that's more than we've ever had. Even though I grew up during the Sherrill Era, I'm not sure I imagined a day where we might be a consistent 8-9 win program. - 

Let's make one thing clear....We are not Alabama. However, we can have Alabama like years and I believe 11-1 and 10-2 type years can be a treat under Dan Mullen's leadership. I just hope everybody doesn't jump ship if we regress some in number of wins next year. The fan base has to realize State plays in the toughest division in college football, and 8-4 in this division is not like 8-4 in any other division in CFB. So while I do not believe 10-2 type seasons will be commonplace in Starkville the next few years, I believe they can become a more frequent occurrence thanks to improved recruiting and Dan Mullen's coaching. -

To win 10+ games every year, you have to consistently be in the top 10 when it comes to recruiting. We're not quite there yet, but this years class is not far outside of that. If we can keep recruiting like this, I think 8 to 9 wins every season is definitely not out of the question with the occasional 10+ win season. Dan Mullen has proved he can develop players, and he consistently takes 3 star guys and puts them into the NFL. Imagine what he would do with a team full of 4 and 5 star players. The sky is the limit if he can recruit every year like he has this year. -

If the SEC West maintains its current level of play for the foreseeable future, 10-2 will likely be an uptick year. It's just so hard to win double-digit games in that division every year. -

Being a State fan I'm inclined to think this is just an uptick year, however if this season has tought me anything, it's that things can be different.  Dan Mullen's program is built on players that have been in the system for several years, so there will certainly be years where things regress back to the mean.  I am hopeful after this year, though, that more is possible on a regular basis, but part of me will probably refrain from too much optimism yet again when 2015 rolls around. Just habit. -