Teams facing divisional challenges

Mississippi State's improvement less noticeable due to SEC strength

Updated: April 8, 2013, 1:12 PM ET
By Brian Fremeau | Football Outsiders

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.