November 8, 2010

Monday with Mullen

Mississippi State's most lopsided loss of last season came in a 31-3 decision at the hands of eventual national champion Alabama.

The Crimson Tide were many media outlets preseason favorite to repeat their title run but two losses have now likely wiped out the Tide's chances. But MSU head coach Dan Mullen is not overlooking the talent from the opposing sideline on Saturday.

"We'll have our hands full with a very talented team on both sides of the ball and in every single phase," Mullen said. "They are one of the most talented teams it the country that we have to play. They've got experience, they've got depth and talent at every single position. We're going to have to follow our plan of playing great defense and taking care of the football and making plays when we have the opportunity to make them to have a chance to win."

Bryant-Denny Stadium has not been kind to the Bulldogs historically. State has won just nine times in Tuscaloosa in 49 games and only twice since 1957.

However, the 17th-ranked Bulldogs have fared well on the road this season winning back-to-back games at Houston and Florida. They lost their only other road test 29-7 at LSU.

"Whenever you play in the SEC on the road you have to get ready to go into a hostile environment," Mullen said. "I expect this to be just as hostile as LSU and Florida were on a Saturday night."

Alabama has dominated the all-time series that dates back to 1896 and hold the edge 78-18-3.

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