September 10, 2012
Monday with Mullen
Some people might expect a bit of a trap game setup this week for Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs are coming off a 28-10 victory over Auburn and must now hit the road for the first time all season against Sun Belt opponent Troy. But Dan Mullen is aware of the circumstances and will attempt to combat any signs of complacent from his team.
"We'll have to see how we respond," Mullen said. "This is new territory for our guys. We haven't been in this position this time of the season. We're always trying to come back and see what we have to build on. Now we have to deal with the first bit of success with the first road game."
Mullen also warned his squad about the consequences of being too high following an early season victory.
"I told our guys first thing this morning, 'what's going to happen the first thing when you go to class today?'," Mullen said. "People are going to be patting you on the back. When was the last time that happened? It was after beating Michigan and we had a lackluster spring. I think some of our older guys understand those pats on the back can turn into kicks in the rear end pretty quick. They can lower their aiming point. It's Monday of game week, our full padded work day and if you're still smiling about Saturday and what a big win it was then you can lose a little bit of today's work day and you can't afford to lose a work day in season."
Preparing for their first road trip of the season will be just as any other away game for MSU. The team will practice with artificial stadium sound piped in at its practices to help prepare the team for what could be a hostile 30,000 crowd at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
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