November 12, 2007

Dogs still have work to do

For the first time in a long time, the Mississippi State football team enters the home stretch of the regular season bowl eligible, following Saturday's win over then No. 21 Alabama, but according to Sylvester Croom, much work remains to be done. At 6-4 on the season, the Bulldogs have reached the six-win plateau necessary to become eligible for post-season play, but in Croom's mind, that is not enough.

"We're not there yet," said Croom. "We have to close the deal now."

"It's just like I tell my running backs with fumbling, I don't believe in the ground causes fumbles, because I don't want to put the game in the hands of the referees," began Croom. "Bowl eligible means just that - it means you're eligible, it doesn't mean you're going. I don't want to put it in anybody else's hands.

"We're eligible, we're not in, we're eligible, that's all it is," said Croom. "Now we want to get in."

Mississippi State will take to the road this weekend as the Bulldogs travel to Little Rock, Ark., to take on a Razorbacks' football team that has followed up last season's SEC West title with a largely up-and-down 2007 campaign.

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