Mississippi State Confident Despite Record

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Dan Mullen says there's no panic in his
program even though Mississippi State has dropped its first two SEC
games.

The national ranking and lofty preseason expectations are gone,
but the Bulldogs' coach is confident his team will rebound in the
coming weeks. MSU hosts Louisiana Tech in a non-conference game on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.

Mullen said the Bulldogs are "a couple plays" from having a
3-0 record, but in the unforgiving world of the SEC's Western
Division, mistakes are magnified. Now MSU will try to fix some of
its problem areas against Louisiana Tech, which lost to Houston
35-34 on Saturday.

The biggest concern is on the offensive line, where Mullen must
replace guard Tobias Smith, who is out for the season with a knee
injury.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
AP-NY-09-20-11 1728EDT


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