September 16, 2009

Mullen talking Commodores

Mississippi State went on the road for the first time last week and came away with less than favorable results with a 49-24 loss to Auburn.

The Bulldogs will board the bus again this week traveling to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt for another Southeastern Conference showdown.

"It's another tough SEC road game," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "We'll play two tough road games this early in the season, especially two tough conference road games. Those are always tricky. We've got a lot of work cut out for us obviously playing a Vanderbilt team that is very confident coming off the big bowl season last year. They have a lot of experienced guys coming back. We've worked real hard for this game and anytime you go up there it's a tough environment especially when you play at night time."

The Bulldogs pulled a 17-14 upset over a 5-0 Vanderbilt squad last season and was likely their biggest win in 2008. However with the changes in the coaching staff at State and offensive philosophy, Mullen does not place a lot of stock in that game in preparation for this season's matchup.

"I think we are very different this year," Mullen said. "I think a lot more is looking at what they did to stop Florida last year because we are more of that offensive system. I think we will get a lot more out of looking at that than an early season game a year ago."

The Commodores (1-1, 0-1) are coming off a 23-9 loss at LSU but have had plenty of success running the football. Vanderbilt is ranked third in third in the conference and ninth in the nation in rushing averaging 277.5 yards per game on the ground.

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