SEC Preview: Mississippi State Bulldogs

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BRYAN, Texas -- The Mississippi State Bulldogs will try to improve on an 8-5 record in 2012. The Bulldogs won their first seven games last season but then dropped five of their last six games. Mississippi State has averaged eight wins per season the last three years.

Bulldog head coach Dan Mulllen feels like that puts the program in position for bigger things. "For our program right now we have put ourselves in that position where eight wins is the norm. That means a great year becomes an 11 win season. You very rarely see a team that has won two, three or four games a year all of the sudden jump to a 13 win season the next year. It's teams that are winning eight, nine, ten and then they have a great year that is how you take that next step."

Mississippi State has 14 returning starters including quarterback Tyler Russell. He holds nine Bulldog quarterback records. Robert Johnson is the team leading returning receiver. He caught 17 passes last season for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Mississippi State has some holes to fill in the secondary with three defensive back gone from last year's starting lineup including Johnthan Banks who was a second round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Mississippi State will open the 2013 season August 31 against Oklahoma State at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The Bulldogs will come to Kyle Field to face Texas A&M on November 9.

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