When it comes to college football, the SEC often gets the respect it deserves for its dominating on-field performance during recent years.
After all, who can argue with eight national championships in the last 10 football seasons? But even when the league itself is feeling the love from the rest of the nation, there’s still a chance for an individual team to not get the credit it deserves.
According to CBSSports.com writer Tom Fornelli, the SEC is home to the most disrespected college football program in the nation.
Mississippi State topped Fornelli’s list of the five college football program lacking the necessary level of respect, which included Notre Dame, Utah, Michigan State and Oklahoma State.
Fornelli’s premise comes from the media again voting the Bulldogs to finish last in the SEC West during the poll taken at SEC Media Days earlier this week.
But the thing is, Mississippi State hasn’t actually finished last in the SEC West since 2009, and even then it was tied with both Arkansas and Auburn at 3-5 in conference play. While the Bulldogs may not be a national title contender, it just feels like nobody ever really wants to take them seriously, either.
Mississippi State was picked to finished last in the SEC West last season in spite of an Orange Bowl appearance the year before and returning the best quarterback in the conference, and the Bulldogs outperformed that prediction with a 4-4 record in the league.
It remains to be seen how the Bulldogs will perform without Dak Prescott at quarterback this season, but Dan Mullen has a track record of outperforming expectations.