Important and potentially dangerous week ahead for 12th-ranked Bulldogs

If any week is a big one, then a positive result means the next week is even bigger. So, in a manner of speaking, this almost becomes the biggest week of the season for Dan Mullen and Mississippi State, despite the fact it sees State facing a SunBelt opponent.

It will also be a test to see if the Bulldogs remember the lessons learned earlier in the season, as well as last year.

Oh, and we learned plenty on Saturday, as well, in MSU’s exciting win over Tennessee, as chronicled in yesterday’s Sunday ThingamaBob.

Now, ranked No. 12 in the first Bowl Championship Series rankings of the year, MSU is riding high at 6-0.

After this week, MSU faces five-straight SEC Western division foes.

But don’t forget this week. Middle Tennessee State is 4-2 entering Saturday’s contest, including a 49-28 shellacking of ACC member Georgia Tech back on September 29.

TheBlue Raiders are no pushover and the Bulldogs admitted to losing focus against non-conference opponents in the first half of the season. Now, they have one final chance to prove they learned from their mistakes, or let-down could result in a costly slip-up.

Oh, whatever happens, eyes across the nation will be watching, as we discovered yesterday the game is set air to on ESPN2 and begin at 6 p.m. in Davis Wade. As of press time (which means when I called it a night in the wee hours of Monday morning), MSU had limited tickets available for the Homecoming affair. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, hop on it soon.

MSU is riding a sell-out streak dating back quite some ways and tickets for teams knocking on the door of the top 10 don’t come easy.

What should you be watching for when you walk into Davis Wade or tune in to the Worldwide Leader on Saturday night? Lots of offense, it seems. After dropping the season-opening game against McNeese State 27-21, the Blue Raiders have scored 30-plus points in five-straight games.

However, MTSU has struggled defensively, giving up 105 points over that same stretch.

We’ll hear more about the match-up and more from Mullen and various coaches and players later this afternoon when MSU has its weekly Monday press conference, so make sure and check back here on your coffee break.

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