Record at Mississippi State/Overall: 8-5
Bowl appearances: 1
Top 25 finishes: 1
Joe Moorhead was a tough call. He is ahead of Will Muschamp because Muschamp should have been better last year. Sure, he inherited a program that Dan Mullen had built from nothing in the Mississippi State Bulldogs, but his accomplishments were nothing to sniff at. Luring away former Tennessee football defensive coordinator Bob Shoop was a big part of the team’s success.
Moorhead’s advanced offense was a huge plus for MSU en route to their 8-5 season. Remember, this team was a close loss to the Florida Gators and a late loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes from being 10-3 on the year.
The former Penn State Nittany Lions offensive coordinator now has a chance to really show off his offensive genius with the Bulldogs having another season to pick up the nuances of his offense. Moorhead will really prove himself his second year as a head coach.
After an 8-5 year, Moorhead did have a top 25 finish. But this is going to be the season in which he has to prove just how great he is. His system is installed, but fewer of Mullen’s players are there to run it. So there’s no telling just how things will go.