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NCAA Football Mississippi State Bulldogs

Mississippi State Bulldogs Carry Momentum Into 2014

Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY SPORTS

Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Mississippi State Bulldogs appeared to be headed nowhere at the end of the 2013 season. MSU was 4-6 after losing three straight games, and it appeared that the season was headed down the drain for Dan Mullen and his team.

However, with only two regular season games remaining, the Bulldogs were able to rally. MSU trailed the Arkansas Razorbacks 17-10 in the fourth quarter before scoring a late touchdown in regulation, then another in overtime to win 24-17.

The following week, MSU had to beat its intrastate rival, the Ole Miss Rebels, to qualify for a bowl game. Once again, the Bulldogs trailed in the second half, but rallied late to force overtime. And, just like the previous week, MSU scored, this time on a Dak Prescott three-yard run, to win 17-10.

With those final two wins, the Bulldogs earned a spot in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, where they crushed the Rice Owls 44-7 behind another big performance from Prescott.

A team whose season seemed to be over ended 2013 with three straight wins. Now, Mullen hopes to carry that momentum into 2014. And the schedule certainly sets up well for that momentum to continue.

MSU opens its season by hosting Southern Miss and UAB in Starkville. In week three, the Bulldogs visit South Alabama.

That should allow Mullen’s team to be 3-0 heading into an SEC Western Division matchup against the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge.

Mullen hopes that the way last season ended can carry over to the 2014 team. And with Prescott returning, MSU has high hopes for the 2014 season.

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.