“We kind of created this frenzy,” Mullen said. “As you’re looking at it at this point, season ticket sales are up. When you go to different meetings and clubs around the state everyone’s really excited for the season, so I think we’ve really raised expectations for State fans and really brought them back to life.”
That kind of reaction to a 5-7 season is unusual. But it’s not the final result that has Mississippi State faithful amped. It’s the way the once lifeless Bulldogs played, pushing several opponents to the brink despite what was considered the nation’s toughest schedule.