November 13, 2008

Bulldogs ready for national exposure

Mississippi State may not be in the national spotlight Saturday night by their own accord but it will not stop them from trying to take advantage of the situation.

The Bulldogs will attempt to take down top-ranked Alabama for the third year in a row on ESPN with a national audience tuned in.

"It's fun to be in the spotlight," said MSU head coach Sylvester Croom. "You'd to be there because of your own record but the shadow of a No. 1 team spreads pretty widely. We are happy to be a part of this. We are preparing to be as good as we possibly can. It's nice to be able to play the best. This is what you dream about; you're playing the No. 1 team in the country in the national spotlight on Saturday night and everybody is going to be watching them and you can't watch them without watching us."

The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings against their twin state rival and have not allowed an offensive touchdown against Alabama since 2004.

"We've just played well," Croom said. "We played well on that particular day and have forced some turnovers. I don't think there is any one thing, we've just played good defense over the last few years."

State was also the last team to knock off the Crimson Tide during their last regular season top ranking back in 1980. The Bulldogs pulled off a monumental 6-3 win in Jackson to ruin Alabama's chances of a third straight national title that season.

But Croom, who was an assistant coach under Paul W. "Bear" Bryant in 1980, said his players are not concerned about that game considering none of them were even alive when it took place.

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