October 10, 2012

Mullen talking Tennessee

Many believed before the season began that Mississippi State had a good shot at going 7-0 if it could get past Auburn in week two.

The Bulldogs did that but the 1-4 start by the Tigers has tempered the excitement from that win. This week MSU will face its toughest test to date from Tennessee as they kickoff at 8 p.m. Saturday night on national television.

"It's obviously a big game for our guys," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "They are really excited about it and to play in this type of game at home. We expect a great atmosphere with another sold out stadium and a raucous crowd on Saturday night to create a home field advantage."

The Volunteers enter this weekend's contest with a 3-2 with both losses coming in their only SEC games so far against Florida and Georgia. Tennessee's offense is averaging 506.6 yards and 39.4 points per game behind junior quarterback Tyler Bray.

Bray also has a strong supporting cast with junior wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson and junior running back Rajion Neal.

"They have the quarterback who is very accurate and a great deep ball thrower," Mullen said. "They get the one-on-one on the outside because you can't forget about the run game. They have an experienced offensive line and a solid running back. They can kind of just pound away at you and control the tempo of the game.

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