September 29, 2011

Richt talking Mississippi State

Mississippi State and Georgia don't play often.

In fact the SEC's two Bulldogs have only met 22 times on the gridiron ever. But last year was one of those times and Georgia head coach Mark Richt watched his team go down in Starkville 24-12.

That win was just the sixth ever for MSU against Georgia and their first since 1974 snapping a nine-game winning streak in the series. Saturday Richt's Bulldogs get a chance to redeem themselves.

"We're looking forward to competing with those guys again," Richt said. "They did a great job a year ago. We went into their home and they took care of business against us. So we're looking forward to an opportunity and a chance to compete with them again."

Richt may have only squared off against State three times during his career in Athens but he has faced Dan Mullen's offense from 2005-08 while Mullen was the offensive coordinator at Florida.

Richt admits he can see some similarities from what Mullen did with the Gators that he brought with him to Mississippi State.

"It's very similar (to the offense he ran at Florida)," Richt said. "He's got a quarterback who can run and throw. When you've got that it really makes it go. They do spread the field and it's obvious they like to go up-tempo. Some people spread the field to throw it and some people with spread it to run it. The first thing they want to do is run the football. When you have a big, strong quarterback like (Chris) Relf, he can run that thing. They are running option, quarterback run, all kinds of counters and powers. They've really got an outstanding run game.

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