STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen holds his weekly press conference Monday afternoon in the Bryan Athletic Administration Building. Free on-demand video of each week's press conference will be posted in the story rotation (main and football pages only) on HailState.com.
Dan Mullen Press Conference Transcript - 10/29/12
"This is a big game for us this week. You have two Top-25 teams. Two teams that are highly ranked and playing each other make it an exciting game and one of the biggest games for us. One thing that we've always stressed, when putting yourself in a position to get to championships, is to win all of your home games. In this conference, we know how hard it is to win on the road, so we need a great home-field advantage out of our fan base-as they've done all year for us. I know that it is an early kickoff, but it should be an exciting game. I think the last time that we played Texas A&M was at the Snow Bowl, so this game will kick that game back up. I think that they are honoring that team during halftime, so it should be a very fun game for us. But this is a very challenging team. They have the best offense in the SEC. They put up a lot of numbers offensively with big, big stats and a lot of different playmakers on the field with tremendous skill at every position. I think that because of their offense, their defense gets overlooked. They have a stout defense. Looking at the performance that the defense has made has been pretty impressive."
On Texas A&M's offensive changes:
"I don't think that the offense has changed much, and the philosophy of the offense certainly hasn't changed. I think that their coach has done a good job tweaking around the players. You build around the strengths of your quarterback, and they obviously do that now with his playmaking abilities."
On team preparation for the remainder of the season:
"You always define yourself in November. To me, it is a thing of how you are going to close out the season. We put ourselves in a great position for the month of November right now. Now, you have to see what separates a good season from a great season to a championship season."