Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen told reporters during the SEC weekly teleconference on Wednesday that there were advantages and disadvantages for the Bulldogs in facing an LSU team that had its first game canceled last week.
“I think it’s a push,” Mullen said. “I think there’s advantages for them because we don’t get to see what they’re doing this year. I think that we have a big advantage in that all of our new players who are playing for the first time got to get a game under their belt.”
Mullen also discussed the difficulties of facing LSU quarterback Brandon Harris with very little game film to study.
“It’s always a challenge because it’s not just him it’s the whole team. They’re a new team,” Mullen explained. “Every year each team is unique, so you don’t get to see the personality of this team. In some ways in preparation you have to treat it like it’s the first game of the season and focus on yourself.”
This weekend’s matchup between the Bulldogs and the Tigers is one of the biggest games in the SEC during Week 2. Mullen expects that Davis Wade Stadium will help provide a true home field advantage for Mississippi State.
“I expect a great environment,” Mullen stated. “Part of what makes this league great is the home field advantages that you have. We expect a huge, sold-out crowd with the student body going crazy.”