Countdown to Kickoff: 13 Days

We’re counting down to MSU’s season opener against Oklahoma State on Aug. 31, giving you a significant number to ponder as August trudges on. Today’s number is…

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13.

Dan Mullen has turned MSU into a winner during his four seasons at the helm, and he has a chance now to do something that Bulldog fans haven’t seen for several years. If State can finish above .500 this fall, it will mark the program’s fourth consecutive winning season. The last time that happened was 13 years ago – the 1997-2000 seasons, the peak of the Jackie Sherrill era.

That streak of winning seasons began with a 7-4 mark, Sherrill’s fourth winning campaign in his seventh year on the job. MSU followed that with an 8-5 mark in 1998 – along with the SEC Western Division title – then records of 10-2 and 8-4. All totaled, State went 33-15 during that stretch.

Since Allyn McKeen‘s successful run from 1939-48, that was only the second time MSU had recorded four straight winning campaigns. It did so from 1952-55, posting a 22-14-3 mark under Murray Warmath and then Darrell Royal. The best four-year stretch in school history was 1939-42, when McKeen led MSU to a 34-5-2 ledger.

Over the last three seasons, Mullen’s Bulldogs have compiled a record of 24-15. So he’ll need nine wins just to tie Sherrill’s win total, 11 to match McKeen’s. That’ll be tough, but achieving double-digit wins is something Mullen has talked about as being the next step for this program.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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