At 1 p.m. today, Dan Mullen will meet with reporters for his weekly press conference. No. 1 Mississippi State beat UT Martin over the weekend and travels to No. 4 Alabama this weekend with first place in the SEC West on the line. The game will be broadcast on CBS at 2:30 ct and ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Tuscaloosa.
We’ll have live updates from Mullen here. In the meantime, here’s this week’s episode of This Is Our Plate, making beef brisket sloppy joes at Little Dooey’s in Starkville.
“We’re excited, this is a big game … It’s what it’s all about.”
Adds, “It’s gonna be fun and hopefully becomes the norm for us.”
On Alabama, Mullen says they have one of if not the best defenses in the country. Said they’re big, fast, physical and deep, which are most of the good words one would think to use for a defense.
He adds the secondary is long and can cause trouble and that their rush defense is very strong, requires great focus by MSU’s offensive line.
Offensively, Mullen offers high praise to ‘Bama’s deep stable of running backs. Said he doesn’t think it matters if none are hurt or if five are hurt, “They’ll roll another five star in.” Also said he’s very impressed with quarterback Blake Sims.
Really, Mullen said, it’s the depth and level of talent that stands out.
“They probably have more five stars sitting on their bench that can’t get a rep than we have on our roster.”
“We’ve had really good energy the last couple weeks of practice,” Mullen says, implying he’s not worried about players getting too excited. “The energy is gonna be high all week at practice and I don’t really have to worry about it. This is a game our guys have been looking forward to.”
Injury updates: WR Jameon Lewis and OL Justin Malone will be full-go in practice this week. No other injuries to speak of. MSU has been without consistent reps from Lewis since he was hurt against LSU.
Asked about the fact Alabama is favored and many are picking them to win, Mullen says, “We know that role. We’ve been there before. Our guys will come in and play with a chip on their shoulders.”
On playing a big game on the road at Tuscaloosa, Mullen says, “Our guys have been in stadiums with big, hostile crowds. That gives you some confidence as a player to walk into a stadium with a loud, hostile crowd.”
Mullen was asked about Alabama struggling against dual-threat quarterbacks and sort of shot down the notion. Did concede that MSU needs big plays from Prescott for MSU to win.