Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 10/16/12

STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 24: Head coach Dan Mullen of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, during pre game warm up against the Florida Gators, at Davis Wade Stadium on October 24, 2009 in Starkville, Mississippi (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
Midway through the college football season, No. 15 Mississippi State is doing something it hasn't done in more than a decade: contending for the Southeastern Conference Western Division title and a spot in a BCS bowl game. Those are realities not often seen in Starkville, though the Bulldogs are getting used to the attention. "This is a lot of what they expected coming into the season," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "To be in this situation as a program, this is what we drill in our guys to expect. "And you know - it's fantastic." Especially considering: -- The Bulldogs haven't been ranked this high since 2000. -- Mississippi State's No. 12 spot in the current BCS standings is the third-highest in school history. -- The Bulldogs haven't been undefeated this late in a season since 1999. Not that Mississippi State has a lot of time to bask in its early success. The Bulldogs (6-0) host Middle Tennessee State (4-2) on Saturday before a brutal stretch that includes sho...
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