November 11, 2009

Mullen talking Crimson Tide

Mississippi State is preparing to host its second consecutive Top 3 opponent at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs took top-ranked Florida down to the wire on Oct. 24 and have the momentum of a 31-24 road win at Kentucky and also coming off a bye week to prepare for No. 3 Alabama.

"We're really excited to get back out there and play coming off a bye week last week and get back out there in a game atmosphere," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "We're expecting a huge crowd and the support of everybody in the state of Mississippi to come out against a big team. Anytime you get the chance to play what I view as the co-number one team in the country it's a great opportunity for your program and a great opportunity for your players because they get real excited to play in these games. Right now at this point in our season our guys really have a lot to play for to win two out of our last three games to get bowl eligible."

Saturday's primetime showdown will feature two of the top running backs in the country with 1,000 yard rushers Anthony Dixon of State and Mark Ingram from the Crimson Tide.

"I think the toughness that they both bring brings a lot to the demeanor of both offenses," Mullen said. "It looks like Mark Ingram brings a lot to the demeanor of their offense and I know Anthony certainly brings a lot to the demeanor of our offense and what our offensive identity is."

Ingram top the Southeastern Conference in rushing as a sophomore. He has carried 175 times for 1,148 yards and eight touchdowns averaging 127.6 yards in nine games. Dixon currently ranks second in the league with 1,001 yards on 182 attempts and nine scores averaging 125.1 yards in eight contests.

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