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BOZICH | First Look: Mullen comes to Kentucky taking hot air from Heat Seat Lists

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Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has jumped from the Hot Seat to frontrunner for Coach of the Year. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen has jumped from the Hot Seat to frontrunner for Coach of the Year.
 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – You don't need help from Elliott Ness to find evidence that people wrote stupid things about Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen before this season.

It took me less than 45 seconds to uncover something that deserves a revision -- or retraction.

It was last Jan. 10 when TheBigLead.com, an allegedly cutting edge web site affiliated with USA Today, named Mullen sixth on its list of college football coaches on the Hot Seat for the 2014 season.

The same Dan Mullen who will bring the top-ranked team in America to Commonwealth Stadium Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for a nationally televised game against the University of Kentucky.

Today Mullen is the frontrunner for national coach of the year. His team is 6-0. Got that?

He is also the guy who Florida fans have identified as their top pick when the Gators launch Will Muschamp into the unemployment line. Got that?

Then get this: This is what Ty Duffy of The Big Lead wrote about Mullen about nine month ago:

“Mullen has plateaued at Mississippi State, after winning nine games and stuffing Michigan in 2010. He needed two overtime wins (Arkansas, Ole Miss) to reach bowl play and save his job last season. Mississippi State appears to have found a quarterback for Mullen's offense with Dak Prescott. If that doesn't lead to significant improvement in 2014, Mullen may be out, deserving or not. Mediocrity doesn't get you far in the hyper-competitive SEC West.”

Here is the next thing that I Googled: Ty Duffy wrong about Dan Mullen.

This is what I found: More nonsense from The Big Lead on the question of whether the Bulldogs will be able to keep Mullen from jumping to Florida or Michigan.

First, Mullen was a goner. Now, he might jump.

Make up your mind.

Nothing about how silly they look for having Mullen's name mentioned prominently on that list, along with Mike London of Virginia and Bo Pelini of Nebraska.

Mullen knows how silly those lists are. He said so last week when he asked Florida fans to be more respectful of Muschamp. Mullen asked that folks forget about another web site that was advocating recruiting Mullen to be the new Gators' coach. Mullen remembers when Florida fans wanted to bounce him as the Urban Meyer's offensive coordinator in Gainesville.

On Saturday, Mullen brings his unbeaten team to the Bluegrass. If MSU wins, I guess Mullen will remain the frontrunner for national coaching honors. If he loses, I guess he can return to the Hot Seat Top 10.

On to my weekly FIRST LOOK at this weekend's games. Louisville has Saturday off as the Cardinals prepare for Florida State's visit to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Halloween Eve. Indiana is also idle as Kevin Wilson continues to evaluate his dwindling quarterback candidates before the Hoosiers visit Michigan Nov. 1.

So it's just UK and Western Kentucky on the local scene.

Mississippi State at Kentucky, 3:30 p.m., CBS: Are the Bulldogs really the best team in the nation? Better than Florida State, the unbeaten defending national champs? Better than Ole Miss, the other unbeaten from the Magnolia State?

Better than Alabama, which gets MSU in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 15?

Jeff Sagarin's computer formula doesn't think so. The Bulldogs are seventh in Sagarin's Predictor ratings, behind Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma and TCU.

State has wins against three teams – LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn – that were ranked in the Top 10 when those games were played. They've scored at least 34 points every week and rank in the Top 20 in points scored (41.8) and points allowed (20.0).

THE LINE: The visitors opened as 13-point favorites and the number has already moved to 14. The Sagarin Predictor ratings like Mississippi State by 12.96 points.

Old Dominion at Western Kentucky, 4 p.m.: The Monarchs have lost their last three and allowed at least 40 points in four consecutive games. So you figure WKU will put up big-time numbers.

But can WKU limit Old Dominion to less than 40? Marshall did. Middle Tennessee did. Even Eastern Michigan did.  The Hilltoppers have allowed 42 or more points four times in six games -- all defeats.

THE LINE: WKU by 11 ½. The Sagarin Predictor ratings like the Hilltoppers by 13.73 points.

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