It’s the one with Dan Mullen.
Mullen is in his second season as Mississippi State’s head coach, and this is the second straight year in which the West has been best. He took over in Starkville after four years as Florida’s offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer, and the West never bettered the East during that stretch.
“I don’t know if that’s happened,” a laughing Mullen said of the theory. “Wherever you’re playing in the SEC, you’re going to be playing a tough game. There are not all kinds of teams across the country jumping up and down and saying, ‘Let’s go to the Swamp this week’ or ‘Let’s go to Georgia.’ There are so many tough teams in this league, and each year I think it kind of sways.”