The Countdown: No. 73: Mississippi State

It’s not easy to win in Starkville. At least win consistently; Mississippi State has had its periods of strong play, but most winning seasons — at least in recent memory — are bracketed by losing campaigns or, worse yet, defined by resulting N.C.A.A. sanctions. No, it’s not easy to win in Starkville. Yet that is precisely what Dan Mullen is going to do, and perhaps sooner rather than later.