September 6, 2010

Bulldogs prep for SEC opener with short week

Following a solid 49-7 win over Memphis, Mississippi State will speed up the week's festivities in preparation for its Southeastern Conference opener against Auburn on Thursday night.

It will be the Bulldogs 15th appearance on ESPN's weeknight telecast but gives Dan Mullen two less days to prepare for the 22nd ranked Tigers.

"We're excited to get our SEC season underway," Mullen said. "Conference play is what it's all about. It was a great win for us last week and a great way to start off the season. We created a great game day environment and it was really an exciting day on campus Saturday. I feel really excited about the plan that we have for playing on a short week. We put a lot of research into it with our coaches and our players to make sure we get ourselves ready. We feel like we have a great plan."

MSU has dropped two straight to the Tigers including an embarrassing 49-24 loss on the plains last season. Auburn is also coming off an impressive showing in its opener taking down Arkansas State 52-26.

"We have a tough opponent in Auburn," Mullen said. "They had a big win last week and I know a lot of people are picking them to be everybody's sleeper pick to win the SEC West. You can see why with a talented team. They have 15 seniors starting on offense and defense and when you have that type of experience it can go a long way for you. We'll have challenges and have our hands full. They have an explosive offense and a real solid defense."

The Tigers are led by former five-star quarterback Cameron Newton. Starkville appeared to be the talented 6-foot-6, 250-pounder's future destination to join his former offensive coordinator at Florida until Auburn swooped in at the last minute and earned his signature.

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