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Mississippi State Deals With Life On The Other Side

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STARKVILLE, Miss – “So many State fans sold their soul for a championship last summer. Now, the devil has come to collect.”

Those words, usually followed with a Cheshire cat smile, were uttered several times in different variations in Dudy Noble’s leftfield lounge Friday night, with the general premise that they never thought they’d get that close to winning it all and would gladly take a few losing seasons in exchange. Well, maybe, that’s the explanation for this season. It is as likely as any in what has been the most disappointing campaign for a defending champion in modern history.