No. 4: The Texas A&M Aggies and Auburn Tigers both find their way out of mediocrity and become dangerous teams to contend with
The SEC West is a difficult place to play in any given season and it sure seems likely that it’ll be a gauntlet once again for the Mississippi State football team. What would really complicate things for the Bulldogs is if two specific SEC West teams that have struggled as of late find a way to bounce back and be problems for their conference foes.
After varying degrees of less-than-ideal and utterly horrible showings in recent performances, the Texas A&M Aggies and Auburn Tigers both made some significant changes during the offseason. Both have talented rosters.
And now both have made adjustments to once again attempt to be relevant in the SCE.
The Aggies and Tigers have loaded rosters and recruit well, but they’ve underachieved in recent seasons (that’s especially true with last season). That led to Bobby Petrino ending up in College Station to be Jimbo Fisher’s offensive coordinator and it took Hugh Freeze to Auburn to be the Tigers’ head coach.
If either of these changes pay off for their respective teams in a hurry, that could cause problems for Mississippi State as the Bulldogs fight for a better standing in a crowded SEC West middle class.