October 3, 2011
Mullen still plans to go bowling
Mississippi State's goal at the beginning of the season was to win the Western Division and get to the SEC Championship game.
Now sitting at 0-3 in the league and three teams still undefeated in the division, the Bulldogs hopes of reaching Atlanta are slim. But head coach Dan Mullen is not going to throw in the towel after a slow start.
"The goal now is really what bowl game we are going to get ourselves to," Mullen said. "If we win out we'd be watching other teams play in the West right now. We're a real longshot at making it to Atlanta if we win out. It's hard to imagine some of the teams in the West losing three to four games right now that are ahead of us, the Alabama's and the LSU's. Looking at that realistically speaking, what level of bowl game can we get ourselves to? Obviously for the development of the program and for us to keep going we have to get to a bowl game."
MSU's latest league loss came Saturday at the hands of Georgia 24-10. State was held out of the end zone offensively for the second time this season and committed three turnovers on the road against UGA.
"In watching film, we have some fundamental things we have to improve in coaching with our guys to execute cleaner in all phases of the game," Mullen said. "If you're going on the road in the SEC and you're making fundamental mistakes here and there, kind of all over the board, you're putting yourself behind the eight-ball to win games. We're going to get all that fixed up, coach it and clean up to get our guys playing sharper and crisper and executing at a higher level making sure we put our guys in the best position to win football games."
The Bulldogs have struggled since week two in keeping its offensive line healthy. Starters James Carmon, Tobias Smith and Quentin Saulsberry have all missed time due to injury with Smith being lost for the season.
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