September 11, 2009

Auburn preview

The last time Mississippi State and Auburn met on the gridiron history was made but not necessarily the kind either fan base was proud of.

Auburn won the 2008 contest 3-2 marking the first time a Southeastern Conference game has ended with that unusual score. Both programs made offseason coaching changes with the Bulldogs bringing in Dan Mullen and the Tigers hiring their former defensive coordinator Gene Chizik.

"I remember watching and that both teams had opportunities to win," Mullen said. "Any game that's a close game like that, as an offensive coach watching, you see what opportunities are there. One of the things I do remember was Mississippi State had opportunities in that game and didn't take advantage of it in the kicking game with some great field position."

But Chizik feels that both teams have undergone so many changes over the last 12 months that last season's game will have no bearing on what happens on Saturday when the two teams square off at 6 p.m. on FSN South.

"I don't put any stock into that," Chizik said. "That was last year. For Mississippi State and Auburn, we've both moved on. It's a new year, new people, new everything. I don't put any stock into that at all. It's a brand new start and it will be a very hard fought, good football game I'm sure."

Auburn leads the all-time series 57-23-2 and has won 20 of the last 27 meetings between the two programs. The Tigers also hold the advantage on the Plains with a 25-6 but MSU took the last game at Jordan-Hare Stadium 19-14 in 2007.

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