Mississippi State: Ole Miss is one thing, rest of the West another

HOOVER, Ala. — Dan Mullen has established a reputation in Mississippi for being kind of in-your-face with regard to Mississippi State’s primary rival, the Ole Miss Rebels. The Bulldogs are 3-0 against the Rebels during Mullen’s tenure, and State has erected billboards all over the state proclaiming their superiority.

Mullen’s favorite?

“I think the neatest one was the ‘Three in a Row,’” Mullen said at SEC Football Media Days on Wednesday. “It was [a picture of] our three Miss Mississippis in a row. It had all three of those young ladies with their crowns on. I think that was a pretty cool one.”

The reality is, outside their dominance of Ole Miss, Mullen and Mississippi State haven’t had much more about which to brag. While the Bulldogs are 3-0 against the Rebels, they’re 0-12 against the rest of the SEC West.

Mullen was asked Wednesday if he felt his program was closing that gap on the powers in his division, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn and LSU.

“I mean, we’ve had an opportunity to beat every one of those teams, right down to the fourth quarter and the last plays of the game,” said Mullen, who is 21-17 at State after last year’s 7-6 mark. “The big difference for us is we have to make those game-winning plays at the end.

“I think three of those teams have won the national championship. . . . The great thing is we’re not that far off from there, which means we’re not far off from the national title.”

The Bulldogs were within a touchdown of LSU when they missed three straight shots at the end zone before eventually succumbing 19-6. They lost to Auburn 41-34 on the road. Alabama and Arkansas beat them 24-7 and 44-17, respectively.

The key, Mullen said, is just “getting that first one.” They play Auburn at home on Sept. 8.

“The first one is so important if you want to compete,” Mullen said. “You’re talking about a two-game swing. If you want to compete for the league championship, it’s critical that you win that first game.”

Being settled at quarterback should help. Mullen has committed to junior Tyler Russell as the starter at quarterback. Russellhad to split time with Chris Relf this past season. Mullen has vowed to open up his spread offense and give the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Russell a chance to throw the ball around more this year.

“I have waited a long time for this,” said Russell, who started four games last season and has passed for 1,669 yards, 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his first two seasons. “I have worked very hard and have become a leader on and off the field and it is finally time for me to be that guy.”

Russell will be helped by the fact the Bulldogs have five senior wide receivers.

“We have guys that have played in games and have that experience and can go get the ball,” Russell said.

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Spanky

July 18th, 2012
1:16 pm

Mullen’s a good coach, just don’t think Missy State will recruit well enough to turn the corner! …still don’t get the whole cowbell thing!

Rusty

July 18th, 2012
1:17 pm

Dan Mullen=Half talk, half visor wearing d-bag

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
1:33 pm

DAN’s ship has sailed. His coaching career in major college football is close to DYING at Miss St.

C'Mon

July 18th, 2012
1:35 pm

Does saying they lost 41-34 on the road to Auburn do justice to one of the best game of the year when Relf got stuffed on the 1 yd line and time ran out? I thought they lost that game (beat themselves), whereas LSU, Bama, and Ark were just too much for Bully and the cowbells.

Archdog

July 18th, 2012
1:38 pm

MSU is 6-3 against the SEC East since Mullen has taken over, with wins over Georgia and Florida. Far too much is made over not beating Alabama/LSU/Auburn/Arkansas. I don’t think any team from the East would even be 6-6 the last 3 years with those teams on the Schedule every year. The best SEC East team might get to 3-9. We all saw what LSU did to UGA in the SECCG last year. I’m not sure what different results any UGA fan would expect if they had to play LSU and Bama every season.

Dawg Haus

July 18th, 2012
1:44 pm

Mullen is doing a good job at MSU. They came really close to knocking off Auburn last year and have notched wins over both Georgia and Florida. We’ll see how they do in 2012.

Very Confused

July 18th, 2012
1:44 pm

He can’t be serious about being “close to winning a national championship,” can he? I mean Haha, you almost had me there Mullen.

GTBob

July 18th, 2012
2:11 pm

A coach of a horrible team bashing another horrible team. Yawn.

SEC_ALL_DAY

July 18th, 2012
2:12 pm

Mullen is doing a very nice job at MSU. Last year they beat who they’re suppose to beat and were competitive in most of the games they lost. Lost by an inch at Auburn. Lost 19-6 vs #3 LSU at the time. Lost 14-12 against a ranked South Carolina. It’s not like Mississippi State is completely horrible. That “close to a national championship” comment is a stretch though.

6-6

July 18th, 2012
2:27 pm

Archdog: UGA beat three teams from the West last year! Those 3, plus non-conference wins, and the games they won in the east puts UGA over 6-6. Even if we say Georgia would play S. Carolina from the east, tack on the Boise loss, and say they don’t beat LSU, Bama, or Ark., simple math (i know u may struggle with this) leads to a 7-5 record. So counting maximum losses from last year’s performance puts UGA over your mythical 6-6 record that no team could reach in the West. Since 2002, UGA is 6-5 vs. LSU and Alabama so I’m gonna be generous and say about .500 if they played every year. The West has been dominant, but stop living in the moment and come back to reality.

GTBob

July 18th, 2012
2:29 pm

It’s not like Mississippi State is completely horrible.

They beat Louisiana Tech and Wake Forest by 6 points. They weren’t very good. I am not sure I have ever seen a team look worse offensively in any game at any level then they did against UGA.

pbt dawg fan

July 18th, 2012
2:42 pm

TECH look just as bad offensely last year against UGA as did Miss State

Ghost

July 18th, 2012
2:54 pm

La tech and Wake would beat GT.

GTBob

July 18th, 2012
3:15 pm

TECH look just as bad offensely last year against UGA as did Miss State

Tech had 355 yards, and 17 offensive points. Miss St had 157 yards and 3 offensive points. Yeah, thats about equal.

GTBob

July 18th, 2012
3:17 pm

Sure. Just curiously, is there any team in the country that wouldn’t beat Tech?

Cdpridg

July 18th, 2012
3:20 pm

Georgia Tech is about the same level as Miss St…they definetly have a better coach. Vandy is better than tech…better coach that out recruits tech. I will give tech a win over KY and Ole Miss….sooooo they would only be the 3rd worse team in the league

Archdog

July 18th, 2012
3:29 pm

“6-6″, the time period in reference is 3 years, against only SEC West opponents specifically not named Ole Miss. Or Dan Mullen’s tenure. Going back to 2002 we have wins against every SEC West team barring LSU. Obviously reading comprehension is not your forte.

But to reiterate my point is that the last 3 years UGA would not have beaten LSU or Bama even once and perhaps at best been 2-1 against both Arkansas and Auburn. Leaving UGA with a 4-8 record against Bama/Aub/LSU/Ark over the last 3 years. Although that is being extremely generous it is admittedly better than 0-12.

It’s easy fodder to criticize a coach for losses against teams that go undefeated and win National Championships. Back to Back bowl wins is a good start and more than some teams can say.

GTBob

July 18th, 2012
3:31 pm

Georgia Tech is about the same level as Miss St…they definetly have a better coach. Vandy is better than tech…better coach that out recruits tech

Yet we have destroyed Miss St and Vandy in the past few years. Nice try.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
3:49 pm

Ghost…is DRUNK on the SEC Kool-Aid again.

10/3/2009 @ Mississippi State (5-7) W 42 31
9/20/2008 vs. Mississippi State (4-8) W 38 7
10/5/1929 vs. *Mississippi State (1-5-2) W 27 13
10/17/1908 vs. Mississippi State (3-4) W 23 0

Ghost talking out his butt some more without knowing ANY FACTS.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
3:50 pm

GT has NEVER lost to Miss St.

Cdpridg

July 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

bob…you are silly…nice try on your part friend….Mullen and Franklin were not the head men. Different ball game noww. Franklin recruits with the likes of Spurrier..Richt..Saban..Chizik. Not winning recruits from these programs bur he is in the running…manboobs cant even get in the door

Archdog

July 18th, 2012
3:59 pm

GT and MSU have hardly ever played. Even when GT was in the SEC. The Racist Bobby Dodd didn’t want to have to travel to Mississippi. Eventually he quit the SEC to try to avoid integration. Ah, GT you could have been in a real conference if not for hate.

Cdpridg

July 18th, 2012
4:00 pm

I am going to break things down for the couple of you tech fans on this particular blog…..you are average in one of the weakest conferences in america….you would be classified as a bottom feeder in the king of conferences the SEC.

GTBob

July 18th, 2012
4:00 pm

bob…you are silly…nice try on your part friend….Mullen and Franklin were not the head men. Different ball game noww.

Yes, we are really afraid of the incredible 6-6 machines that Miss St and Vandy are creating. Just face it. Both teams are awful and it will take a lot more then two mediocre coaches to drag them up.

GTBob

July 18th, 2012
4:03 pm

you would be classified as a bottom feeder in the king of conferences the SEC.

We do suck pretty bad. I wish we could get top 10 recruiting classes every year and become the 6th-7th best team in the SEC like UGA.

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

July 18th, 2012
4:04 pm

Must be nice when Mississippi is one of your toughest opponents. Looks like it’s going to be another laugh fest in the SEC title game.

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

July 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

“We do suck pretty bad. I wish we could get top 10 recruiting classes every year and become the 6th-7th best team in the SEC like UGA.”

Gold.

But don’t forget to include living through the sucesses of the real SEC schools. UGA couldn’t even beat Michigan State.

Cdpridg

July 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

Whay is wrong Bob…i gave your program alot of credit…uu can beat KY and Ole Miss…50/50 on Miss St…whats not to like as a helpless bug fan

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

July 18th, 2012
4:06 pm

UGA – Herschel Walker = Mississippi State

MS Bully

July 18th, 2012
4:08 pm

I remember State going to GT and putting them OUT in the baseball regional. We’ll play GT anytime in football or any sport. We are the SEC!!

MS Bully

July 18th, 2012
4:11 pm

Coach Mullen has done a great job in his time at MSU. Come look at the new football facility that is being built and the stadium expansion will start as soon as this season ends. Defense always determines what kind of year it will be for State. The Teddy Bears can’t handle losing to the real Bulldogs of the SEC!! Welcome to “OUR” State!!
The cowbells will be ringing loud in Starkville this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
4:21 pm

Cdpridg
July 18th, 2012
3:57 pm

bob…you are silly…nice try on your part friend….Mullen and Franklin were not the head men.

So then WHY do you MUTT fans say UGa has beat BAMA a lot when all those wins were not against SABAN?

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
4:23 pm

Archdog
July 18th, 2012
3:59 pm

GT and MSU have hardly ever played. Even when GT was in the SEC. The Racist Bobby Dodd didn’t want to have to travel to Mississippi. Eventually he quit the SEC to try to avoid integration. Ah, GT you could have been in a real conference if not for hate.

Tech had one of the first black players on the roster in the south.
TECH was the FIRST Southern team to have a Starting black QB.
You are a FOOL

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
4:40 pm

GT v Bama
21 28 3
GT v Arkansas
1 1
GT v Auburn
41 42 3
GT v Florida
24 9 6
GT v UGa
38 58 5
GT v UK
11 7 1
GT v LSU
12 7
GT v Ole Miss
2 1
GT v Miss St
4 0
GT v Mizzou
1 1
GT v USC
11 9
GT v UT
17 24 2
GT v Texas A&M
1 1
GT v Vandy
19 14 3

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Destin Dawg

July 18th, 2012
5:05 pm

UGA will beat Alabama for the SEC champs… THIS YEAR !!! Go Dawgs.. our time is NOW.. 6 weeks.. focus on Missouri 1st.. one game at a time .. 6 weeks.. can’t wait !!

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
5:10 pm

Destin…………..What about BUFFALO? Isn’t that the First Uga game?

Ghost

July 18th, 2012
5:40 pm

Twinkie, I thought we were talking about 2011,2012, Miss State has recruited and gotten better, Tech hasn’t.

Ghost

July 18th, 2012
5:42 pm

GT is 27-66-2 vs the SEC since 1970.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
6:02 pm

Ghost provide that data link.
Tech took out a top 10 Auburn team the last 2 times we played. Tech has only lost to UGa and LSU in resent history.

Ghost

July 18th, 2012
6:06 pm

GTBob

July 18th, 2012
6:45 pm

Twinkie, I thought we were talking about 2011,2012, Miss State has recruited and gotten better, Tech hasn’t.

Its very arguable whether Miss St has gotten any better under Mullen. They were pretty awful last year and had no offensive identity at all. Who was their best win last year? Wake Forest?

GTBob

July 18th, 2012
6:46 pm

GT is 27-66-2 vs the SEC since 1970.

A number that is horribly skewed by GT’s complete inability to beat UGA.

Ghost

July 18th, 2012
6:49 pm

Twinkie, Tech beat an Auburn team that finished unranked in 2003 ranked #17 at the time tech played them.In 2005 Auburn finished ranked 14th and was ranked 16th when Tech played them.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
7:46 pm

Ghost when TECH played Auburn they were ranked in the top 10.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 18th, 2012
7:56 pm

Sat, Sept 6
@
Georgia Tech
L17-3
6 Auburn (1) 0-0 1153
17 Auburn 0-1
ESPN only shows Preseason and week 3 Tech beat Auburn in week 2
TECH KILLED Auburn’s ranking and they NEVER came back

Sat, Sept 3
vs
Georgia Tech
L23-14
16 Auburn 0-0 650
Dropped from rankings: Auburn 16, Texas AM 17, Boise State 18, Pittsburgh 23
Others receiving votes: Alabama 153, Oregon 119, Auburn 118,
After the TECH loss Auburn was gone.
FINAL POLL
14 Auburn 9-3 799

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Ghost

July 18th, 2012
8:40 pm

twinkie in 2003 , Auburn was ranked 6th going into the season , but dropped to 17th after losing to S Cal in week 1. Southern Cal exposed them. In 2005 they were ranked 16th when they played Tech.

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