September 12, 2013
SCOUTING REPORT: Mississippi State
AUBURN | Just as the compressive strength of concrete is tested for a construction project, so is a football team tested to determine if it meets the standards required for success.
Gus Malzahn's latest construction project twice has been tested -- and met the standard twice. That standard is about to be raised as the Tigers enter Southeastern Conference play for the first time this week against Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs will be looking to beat Auburn in consecutive years for the first time since winning four straight games beginning in 1997.
MSU head coach Dan Mullen, in his fifth season, has reached 30 wins faster than any coach in that program's history. The Urban Meyer protege is 2-6 in his last eight games at State, though, and now faces a more difficult schedule going forward than MSU typically plays.
Mullen is an offense-oriented head coach and when he took the State job, he brought with him the "spread option" offense that he and Urban Meyer used at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida. To his credit, Mullen has adjusted his offensive approach each year to fit the strengths of his players.
This year's team is built mainly around a powerful offensive line that is led by left guard Gabe Jackson (6-4, 335, Sr.), a pre-season All-America who has started 41 games. Center Dillon Day (6-4, 305, Jr.), left tackle Blaine Causell (6-7, 310, Jr.), and right tackle Charles Siddoway (6-7, 305, Sr.) all have multiple starts to their credit.
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