When you are playing in the toughest division, in the toughest conference, in the entire nation; life can be tough. This has been the common scenario lately for the Mississippi State Bulldogs as their annual competition includes the likes of Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Auburn. The SEC West is undoubtedly the toughest, most talented division in the country featuring 4 of the last 5 BCS national champions (Alabama [2009, 2011], LSU  and Auburn ). However, Mississippi State remains determined to assert themselves to the level of dominance already attained by division counterparts; and last season was a good start towards that progression.
Led by a two quarterback offense in the 2011 season, Mississippi State finished with a 7-6 record with all of their losses coming in the SEC. Sophomore Tyler Russell had a very good year throwing for 1,034 yards, completing over 50% of his passes with 8 touchdowns and an impressive 135.1 quarterback rating. His counterpart is Senior Chris Relf who was a converted tight end and in his first year at the helm performed well. Relf threw for 1,212 yards and 10 touchdowns; showcasing his overall athleticism and versatility. It will be interesting to see how the Bulldogs get ready for the 2012 season and if they stick with the dual quarterback set or decide to go with one lone starter.
The Mississippi State defense defines gritty, SEC D. Finishing a phenomenal 16th overall in the nation in points allowed against last season, the Bulldogs will look to improve on that feat and hopefully break the top ten.
Joining the Bulldogs next season will be freshmen B.J. Hammond, Brandon Wells and De’Vante Scott. All three appear to be offensive players with Wells being the only question mark being recruited for no specific position but instead under the label athlete. Hammond should prove to be an outstanding wide receiver and with his great size at 6 foot 3, and could eventually become the Bulldog’s big play weapon on offense.
The schedule for Mississippi State in the 2012 season is not flattering but should prove the true prowess and potential for the future this team has to offer. Opening up against Jackson State, the Bulldog’s then play Auburn on September 8th who just edged them in the division standings last season. The most difficult stretch, perhaps in the entire nation, comes over a 3-week period in which Mississippi State has to go on the road to play defending national champion Alabama then play new SEC opponent and outstanding program Texas A&M just to go to the bayou and play LSU on the road the very next week.
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