Teams facing divisional challenges
Mississippi State's improvement less noticeable due to SEC strength
A common refrain in sports is that you're only as good as your record, but college football challenges that assertion every year. Teams play such a small number of games, and a few good or bad breaks in a particular season can have a significant impact on a team's overall record. Even more significantly, the strength of a team's schedule can disguise the strength of its performances.
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