November 5, 2012

Monday with Mullen

Mississippi State is reeling after back-to-back losses - the first two of the season - and are looking to get back on track.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs to return to their winning ways they will have to do so in one of the toughest environments in all of college football. MSU travels to Baton Rouge to face the No. 9 LSU under the lights in Death Valley.

"Obviously this weekend is a great challenge going down to play a night game at LSU," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "It's always one of the toughest places to play in the country when you're playing normally. I know they get a little tougher down there at night. It's going to be a challenge for our team."

The Bulldogs won seven straight to start the season but have dropped their last two contests on the road at top-ranked Alabama and then to a potent Texas A&M squad at home this past Saturday.

The schedule makers did not deal State any favors the weekend facing the Tigers under the lights but such is the life of an SEC schedule according to Mullen.

"I think you understand when you're in this conference it's the bouncing back week after week whether you win or lose," Mullen said. "The quality of opponent you're playing week in and week out. A lot of league's you're playing one or two big games a year. In this league every week it seems to be that way. It's not just the mental part of having to be up for a big game every single week but also the physical toll it takes playing the top national team week in and week out on your body. You have to respond, especially at this part of the season. You have to have great physical and mental toughness to win these football games."

LSU features the No. 2 defense in the SEC allowing just 253.1 yards per game and are giving up just 15.3 points. The Tigers lead the league in passing defense surrendering just 150.3 yards per game through the air and are third against the run at 102.8 yards a contest.

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