The Mississippi State Bulldogs are going to need to pick up their play in the second half of the season if they are to make it to a bowl game this year. The Bulldogs sit at 3-3 heading into Thursday night’s game against the Kentucky Wildcats, a team that MSU should be able to handle.
Even if Mississippi State does beat Kentucky, they will still need two additional wins in order to become bowl eligible. And the schedule, after this week, is not a friendly one.
On November 2, MSU visits the South Carolina Gamecocks, a team that has been nationally-ranked all season. And while the Gamecocks have suffered through some injuries this season, they will still be tough to beat, especially in Columbia.
With all three of those games likely in the loss column, MSU would be 4-6, facing must-wins in its final two games. The first of those is a road contest against the Arkansas Razorbacks. That is followed by the Egg Bowl against the Ole Miss Rebels on November 28.
For Dan Mullen and his team to go bowling, they are going to need to beat a team they’re not supposed to beat. And considering that MSU has only beaten Alcorn State, Troy and Bowling Green (not a bad team, but still a MAC team) this season, that doesn’t look likely at this point.
MSU needs to find a way to pick up its play, and Mullen has been unable to find that spark so far in 2013. He’s currently using both Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott at quarterback, and both are playing fairly well, but they will need to play better in the last six games. If they don’t, MSU could very well be home for the holidays.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.