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Mississippi State preview: Mullen says Dogs not finished yet

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Photographs by Associated Press

Mississippi State NCAA college coach Dan Mullen speaks during the Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Now that the Dak Prescott era is nearly 2 years removed, SEC insiders are wondering if the ship has sailed on Dan Mullen's best days at Mississippi State.

MISSISSIPPI STATE

2017 schedule

Sept. 2 Charleston Southern

Sept. 9 at Louisiana Tech

*Sept. 16 LSU

*Sept. 23 at Georgia

*Sept 30 at Auburn

Oct. 14 BYU

*Oct. 21 Kentucky

*Oct. 28 at Texas A&M

Nov. 4 UMass

*Nov. 11 Alabama

*Nov. 18 at Arkansas

*Nov. 23 Ole Miss

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Mississippi State glance

Last season 6-7, 3-5 (tie 5th in SEC West)

Coach Dan Mullen (61-42 in 9th year at Mississippi State and overall)

Returning starters (14): Offense 7, Defense 6, Specialty 1

Key returning players S Brandon Bryant, QB Nick Fitzgerald, WR Donald Gray, LB Leo Lewis, OL Martinas Rankin, RB Aeris Williams

SEC West title scenario The Bulldogs have a big overhaul in progress on defense for new coordinator Todd Grantham, do not have many running threats beyond quarterback Nick Fitzgerald and a mostly new corps of receivers. Many factors would have to fall into place for State to win its first SEC West title.

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