September 13, 2010

Bulldogs have a chance at redemption

Mississippi State is coming off a loss against Auburn where the team feels they missed perfect opportunities to come out on top.

Last year the Bulldogs had several of those types of contests as well but none stand out quite like their 30-26 loss to LSU in 2009. MSU was stopped at the goal line on four consecutive plays which eventually led to them coming one win shy of a bowl game.

The Bulldogs will have a chance to redeem themselves this week but this time it will be in the unfriendly confines of Tiger Stadium.

"Anytime you go down to LSU it's obviously a tough place to play," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "At night a road game down there is a great atmosphere for college football. It poses an exciting challenge for our football team. We played them really well last year but I sound like a broken record. We came up minus-4 in the turnover ratio and made critical mistakes and lost the game. Hopefully we will get those things cleaned up at practice this week and find a way to pick up a road win in the SEC."

State has a pivotal three-game schedule to begin conference play taking on Auburn, LSU and Georgia in the first four weeks of the season. But Mullen feels that such a slate is par for the course in the SEC.

"When you play in the Southeastern Conference, you are going to be in a tough game every single week within conference play," Mullen said. "One win is not going to get you over the hump. We had big wins over the school up North and Kentucky last year and were games that came down to the wire and we managed to make the plays there at the end. This year we've had one close game and we didn't make the play at the end."

The Tigers are a perfect 2-0 on the year following a 30-24 win over North Carolina and a 27-3 victory over Vanderbilt to start the year. LSU's defense highlighted its game last week and was a scheme that looked very familiar to Mullen.

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