October 22, 2012

Monday with Mullen

No. 13 Mississippi State opened up as a 24-point underdog to top-ranked Alabama on Monday.

Both teams are undefeated at 7-0 on the year and something will have to give Saturday night when the twin state rivals meet in Tuscaloosa. The oddsmakers are not giving the Bulldogs much of a chance to pull the upset.

"I'd feel great if we went into the stadium and it said 24-0," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "If they are going to spot us those point I'd feel great. But because I don't bet it doesn't really affect me too much."

The Crimson Tide have claimed two of the last three national championships are currently No. 1 in the Associated Press, USA Today Coaches' Poll as well as the BCS. Alabama sports the nation's top total defense ranking first in rushing and scoring defense and second in passing defense. The Tide are only allowing 195.6 yards and 8.3 points per game.

"It should be a great challenge for us playing a team that doesn't show a lot of weaknesses," Mullen said. "They are very good and very well coached and disciplined. They are filled with talent at every position across the board. They've had the top recruiting class in each of the last four or five years and their roster is full of four and five star prospects for the most part."

Alabama's offense is not too shabby either. The Crimson Tide are averaging 439.6 yards ranking second in the Southeastern Conference in rushing at 219.4 yards and also second in scoring at 41 points a contest.

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