For many "mid-major" football programs, the chance to play a team in a big-time conference is welcomed.
Many of the smaller schools are on a mission to prove something and may enter with a chip on its shoulder.
That may be seen this weekend in Starkville. Mississippi State (2-3) host Mid-American Conference school Bowling Green (5-1) this Saturday for homecoming. Â
Coach Dan Mullen has played the Cinderella role before and at times, he has done it at MSU.
"We have a chip on our shoulder here for a lot of our guys within our conference," Mullen said during his Monday press conference.
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