BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - 24th ranked LSU beat the 5 and 2 Kentucky Wildcats 41 to 3 in Baton Rouge this past weekend, but Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen says it's always tough to win on the road in the SEC and Kentucky is hungry to get back under the win column.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said, "They certainly have a lot of big-time playmakers on their team and obviously being at home is going to be a huge challenge for our guys. And our whole focus is to get a fourth SEC win this week and that's what it's really all about."
Coach Mullen says Kentucky has experienced players, young men who helped the Wildcats give the Bulldogs a scare before Mississippi State prevailed 28-22 in Starkville last season.
“The Kentucky game this week is going to be very challenging. There are a lot of similarities with both teams. In our game against them last year, it came right down to the final play. They have a lot of star players back from last year, and we have a lot of guys back too. So I know they are going to have a lot of confidence. Anytime you are on the road in the SEC, it is going to be a huge challenge.”
Mississippi State enjoyed an open date this past weekend so the Bulldogs are eager to get back on the playing field.
“Playing in the SEC gives you a bigger game every week," stated Mullen. "This is the biggest game we have played of the season. I said the Auburn game was the biggest game ever played in the state of Mississippi. This game is bigger now. Now we are a team that has a target on our back. We have to go on the road in a hostile environment and play one of the hottest and most improved teams in college football. Our guys better learn how to handle that and realize how big of a game this really is.”
Mullen said wide receiver Jameon Lewis is expected back in the lineup this weekend recovering from an injury.
“We have our most explosive player coming back. That just adds another weapon that the defense has to be concerned about. I think that is going to cause more concern for the defense to know exactly where he is because they know what he can do with the ball in his hands.”
Have the Mississippi State players settled down after taking over the number one ranking in college football?
Mullen said, “I think it has actually calmed down a little bit more each week since the Texas A&M game. That was the busiest week we have had. I think our guys now have really adjusted to it well.”