Good morning, Bulldog fans. And just like that, game day is here. Let's go to links.
Some of the games have been decided in the fourth quarter, but many were lopsided, like last year, when despite holding LSU to 264 total yards the Bulldogs lost 29-7 - in large part because the Tigers forced five interceptions.
State (1-1, 0-1 SEC) gets another crack at reversing the curse tonight, when the Bulldogs try to break an 11-game losing streak in the series in a game set for 7 p.m. on ESPN.
"They say there's a jinx on the game," said Fred Smoot, an All-America cornerback on the last MSU team to defeat LSU in 1999. "It's not a jinx. I don't believe it. But if we want to take it to the next level, we have to beat the LSU Tigers."
"If you look back at the beginning of his career ... everyone knows you don't want to be playing too many freshman quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference. That's not a recipe for success," Mullen said. "I think now as an older, veteran guy he understands the league, and he's a great manager of the game and he makes all the throws in the key situations."
MSU will treat Lee similarly to Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter after the ball is snapped. Like Trotter, Bulldogs junior cornerback Corey Broomfield said Lee will have a primary target in his mind before he gets under center and they want to force him to go through his progressions.
The Bulldogs are definitely not strangers to Thursday night games as they opened this season with one in Memphis and played one last season in week two against Auburn. Some coaches don't like the idea of Thursday night games, but Mullen isn't one of them.
"I like playing Thursday night games," said Mullen. "I watch every single Thursday night game, so the whole country is watching Thursday night football games, so it's great exposure for your program.