Football Bowl Subdivision
The power to surprise
Dan Mullen
MSU has made four straight bowl appearances, winning three of them.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - A year ago, very few expected the Auburn Tigers to even compete in the SEC Western Division, let alone win the league and play in the BCS National Championship Game.

The Tigers worst-to-first run in 2013 has given hope to other teams in the SEC that they could be next in line for a surprise run at the championship, but one program stands out as the most likely to earn that distinction: the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Fortunately for the Bulldogs, they won't need to climb as far as Auburn did to reach the ranks of the SEC elite. In arguably the nation's most difficult conference, Mississippi State has held its own under sixth-year head coach Dan Mullen. After clocking in below .500 in Mullen's first season in 2009, MSU has made four straight bowl appearances, winning three of them.  Full Story

Risk versus reward in Norman
By Scott Haynes, FBS Senior Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Three brushes with the law is more than enough to cause some serious red flags to be raised regarding someone's decision-making.

However, if you are 6-foot-6, run like the wind and can take it to the house whenever the ball is in your hands, those red flags aren't as damning.

Once the nation's No. 1 recruit coming out of high school, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham continued his meteoric rise in the college game, becoming a standout playmaker, already oozing with NFL talent.  Full Story