November 9, 2009

Mullen's Monday press conference

Mississippi State has shown that they can hold their own with some of the top tier teams in the country this season.

But the Bulldogs have come out on the losing end of some tight battles with Top 25 opponents at Davis Wade Stadium but will have another opportunity to pull an upset this weekend welcoming No. 3 Alabama to campus Saturday night for a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.

"We're excited obviously for the opportunity this weekend to play the give or take best team in the country," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "They are number two right now (in the BCS) and could just as easily be number one. It's a great opportunity for us. We've had that opportunity here before and all of our fans came through to give us an electric atmosphere and an unbelievable environment for a game. I'm expecting the same thing for this weekend with a sellout crowd and hopefully record breaking attendance."

The last time the Bulldogs played at home was another ESPN primetime showdown with top-ranked Florida, going toe-to-toe with the Gators until they pulled away late 29-19.

The maroon and white faithful set the attendance record of 57,178 during the last home game and have averaged 52,615 fans during the five homestands this season.

"I think our fans have bought in like our team has to what we are doing here," Mullen said. "They see a team that is going to go out and play with great effort for four quarters and great fight for four quarters. When you do that you are going to have the opportunity for great things to happen to you. I think our fans have bought into that excitement and bought into that they have an extremely important role in our football program and an important role in our team's success of making this a tough place to play for visiting teams."

But the first-year head coach with two national championship rings is not satisfied just hanging in there with the top teams like Alabama.

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