November 14, 2011

Monday with Mullen

So far Mississippi State has squared off against five SEC opponents who have been ranked this season and fell short in all five contests.

This week the Bulldogs get another chance to redeem themselves against No. 6 Arkansas as well as get a shot at postseason by becoming bowl eligible.

"They are one of the best teams in the country," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "To win a game on the road in the Southeastern Conference is a challenge. To do it against one of the top teams in the nation, you're going to have to play well in all three phases and follow the plan to win. You've got to play great defense, control field position throughout the day, win the turnover battle and score when you get in the red zone. We're going to have to do a good job on special teams because they have some dynamic playmakers."

MSU fell victim to third-ranked Alabama last weekend 24-7 against the Crimson Tide's top ranked defense nationally. This week will be a whole other challenge for the Bulldogs trying to contain Arkansas' high powered offense that ranks first in the SEC with 455.7 yards and 38.8 points.

"Obviously we've got a big challenge this week," Mullen said. "You from a team who has the number one defense in the nation to this week probably the top offense in the conference. They have a lot of explosive players on their offense. Rarely do you see the combination that these guys have at receiver not only with the talent level but also the experience at receiver with an experienced quarterback that can get them the ball. They know the system and have been in it for a while and have all played a lot."

Junior Tyler Wilson has helped the Razorbacks offense not miss a beat with the departure of Ryan Mallett at quarterback. Wilson has completed 61.7-percent of his passes for 2,850 yards, 18 touchdowns and just five interceptions all year in 342 attempts.

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