Checking the temperature in Starkville as the Bulldogs head into their second bye ranked No. 1 in the country.


De’Runnya Wilson. The sophomore receiver has made a big impact over the last three games, with a touchdown in each. He showed off what a physical beast he is on his TD grab against Auburn, with tacklers literally falling off of him as he hauled in the catch and broke away for the score. Wilson is quickly turning into one of the most dangerous receivers in the SEC.


Dak Prescott. Subpar passing game against Auburn? No big deal for Prescott, who just used his legs to destroy the Tigers. The two picks he threw doubled his season total, but he tacked on another two scores on the ground, running his total for the season to 8 rushing TD. Through six games, Prescott is on pace for over 4,500 total yards and 44 total touchdowns. Those yardage totals put him ahead of Tim Tebow’s numbers in his 2007 Heisman season, for the record.


The defense. Mississippi State has been forcing turnovers like crazy in their last two games. They snagged seven total against Texas A&M and Auburn: 5 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. Even with three turnovers against Auburn, the Bulldogs still won the turnover battle. Dak won’t turn the ball over like he did against Auburn every Saturday, but the way the Bulldogs are creating turnovers seems sustainable.


Dan Mullen to Florida. Please. Does anyone really think the coach of the best team in the country is thinking about leaving for a program that appears to be in total disarray? I highly doubt it’s even crossed it’s mind. Even if the rumors have crossed Mullen’s desk, he’s likely wondering if he can parlay it into more long-term security in Starkville.