November 21, 2012

Mullen talking Ole Miss

Similar to 2010, Mississippi State is sitting at 8-3 heading into the final week of the season and possibly heading back to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

But make no mistake, the Bulldogs are very much focused on the task at hand this weekend. MSU will travel to Oxford to take on bitter instate rival Ole Miss in the annual Egg Bowl.

While many coaches keep their game week routine the same throughout the season, Dan Mullen takes a different approach each year when his team faces the Rebels.

"This is the biggest week of the season for our guys," Mullen said. "It's a game obviously that we treat very differently. It's a big rivalry game. It means so much to our team, our university, the state of Mississippi and fans everywhere. We've had a little different week of preparation and are doing things a little differently getting ready for a big game."

However unlike in 2010, the Bulldogs will travel to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to battle a hungry Ole Miss squad trying to earn a bowl bid themselves. The Rebels were 4-7 entering the game two years ago and 2-9 last year but have also been 8-3 during State's three-game winning streak.

Mullen feels that records are meaningless entering this rivalry.

"I view it the same," Mullen said. "The game hasn't changed a lick. Whatever your records are you've gotta throw it out. The first year we played them they were in the top 25 and the next two years they were kind of struggling a little bit. That's why records don't matter in these types of games. It's one game for both teams and how important it is in this one game."

The fourth year coach of the Bulldogs has been in various rivalries throughout his coaching career spanning stints at Syracuse, Notre Dame, Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. But the "Battle for the Golden Egg" might be the most intense he has seen firsthand.

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