November 15, 2010

Monday with Mullen

Mississippi State lost for just the third time this season this past weekend falling to Alabama 30-10 on the road in Tuscaloosa.

The Bulldogs dropped to 7-3 on the year with all three losses coming to teams currently ranked in the Top 10 with a combined record of 28-3.

"We're building a program to be able to compete with those teams," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "But that's also part of being in the Southeastern Conference. You're in the most dominant conference in college football. When you look at that record-wise the worst team that we've lost to is 8-2 and are the defending national champions and were picked the number one team the majority of the year. That shows the depth of our conference but that's the conference we are in and want to win."

MSU's loss to the Crimson Tide this past weekend snapped a six-game winning streak. The Bulldogs had not lost since a Sept. 18 meeting with LSU but Mullen feels his team came out focused at practice on Sunday afternoon.

"We had a good practice day yesterday," Mullen said. "I think our guys responded well to the challenge. They've been in the position before of having to come back from a tough loss but I think they kind of got used to winning a little bit. It stung a little bit more than some of the other ones."

The Bulldogs will suit up for the final time this season at Davis Wade Stadium this weekend hosting Arkansas. State sports a 5-1 record at home this season with their only loss coming in a 17-14 decision to Auburn.

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